Combat Female Veterans Families United

We serve because she served.

aka CFVF United   |   GREENSBORO, NC   |  www.cfvfunited.com

Mission

CFVF United provides transition services to Combat Female Veterans (CFVs) and their families, supporting life after war. We accomplish this by:  Supporting the voices of Combat Female Veterans and their families at the local, state, and national levels  Addressing the unique and multi-layered post-deployment obstacles they face as military females  Connecting each of them with the vital resources and support structures necessary to ensure their healthy returns to the civilian world CFVF United is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, founded and chiefly operated by Combat Female Veterans, representing all military branches. We are the only nonprofit exclusively serving the Combat Female Veteran population!

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director/ Founder

SANDRA G ROBINSON

Main address

PO BOX 16332

GREENSBORO, NC 27416 USA

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EIN

82-2065754

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Today, the number of Combat Female Veterans has reached the highest in U.S. military history, currently accounting for 15% of active service members and 20% of new military recruits. As these numbers rise, so does the urgent need to serve these combat heroes. The struggles these women face as they return home are many, to include combat-related illness, physical injury (sometimes permanent), traumatic brain injury (TBI), depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress (PTSD), obstacles to securing and maintaining employment and/or education, drug and alcohol dependency, anger management issues, securing affordable housing, family reintegration struggles, and benefits navigation challenges. And these issues rarely exist in vacuums! The personal cost of war is multi-faceted, and combat Veterans frequently present with a complex list of symptoms. Further compounding the reality of CFVs, far too many are dealing with the residual effects of sexual trauma, experienced during wartime service.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

CFVF United Emergency Assistance Funds

CFVF United Emergency Assistance Funds (Housing, Food, & Utility) ease the financial strains of CFV families in crisis. CFVs are also able to choose select articles of business attire through Cloth Closet.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Women

Through training, mentorship, and referral, we provide education to our Combat Female Veteran community, as related to Veteran benefits and available support services. Facilities are provided at our office for this purpose, along with access to technology. We seek to improve our technologies, database management, and processes.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Women

Combat Female Deployment — Connecting with actively deployed female service members, in preparation for their returns to civilian life in NC

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Women

Advocating for the needs of CFVs at the local, state, and national levels

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Women

Collecting the stories of Combat Female Veterans, with special emphasis on our aging warriors; preserving their histories and memorabilia by sharing with state and national archives

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Women

Shero Survivor's Peer Support Groups offer a crucial and safe space for female Veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to military sexual trauma, who want to open up about their trauma, build their self-confidence, self-esteem, gain validation, support, and learn to speak about violence against women. Your treatment facility should not provoke the same fear as your sexual trauma. Shero Survivor's Peer Support Group is located in a private all female staff office. Due to the current national pandemic the group takes place virtually.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Women

Where we work

Awards

Steering Committee 2019

National Military Women's Coalition

Affiliations & memberships

Guilford Nonprofit Consortium Board Development Academy Certificate 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

CFVF United Emergency Assistance Funds

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Volunteer Hours

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

CFVF United Advocacy and Outreach Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Female Veteran Transition Outreach

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

CFVF United Advocacy and Outreach Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Life After War:
We recognize that our female warriors put their lives on hold to serve our country, and we believe they deserve the full support and encouragement of their communities upon their return home. At CFVF United, our focus is Life After War.

Ownership of the Transition:
History provides examples of our failure, as a nation, to take care of our returning heroes. At CFVF United, we take ownership of our role in equipping and enabling each of our female Veterans to live healthy and productive civilian lives.

Valor in Service:
There is no greater courage than the valor demonstrated by a soldier deployed during wartime. As our female Veterans complete their wartime duties, we strive to express our gratitude and to honor their courage and sacrifices by easing their post-deployment burdens. We serve, because they served.

Edification and Renewal:
In coordination with our partner organizations and through meaningful dialogue with those we serve, we at CFVF are committed to identifying the needs of our Combat Female Veterans, recognizing gaps in Veteran services, and growing in our own service offerings, so that we may continually meet the challenges of our female warriors. We understand that learning is a constant journey.

Our team develops programs and projects aligned with the needs of our valued Combat Female Veteran friends, with strong commitment to the following areas of focus:

Transition:

We engage both Combat Female Veterans (CFVs), as well as deployed Combat Females preparing for their returns home, with the intent of easing their transitions to civilian life. For many women, given the toll of deployment to their families, transition periods last many years – sometimes a lifetime.

Transition services vary, but include:

Outreach
CFVF United is actively building relationships with deployed female service members stationed in combat zones.

Housing Assistance
Through our Emergency Relief Fund, CFVF United provides limited financial assistance to CFVs in times of financial crises. Monies can be applied toward mortgage/rental expenses or hotel lodging. (subject to availability)

CFVF United is a Home Depot Foundation Grants partner. By sponsoring Veterans in need, we’re able to facilitate home renovations and service-related modifications.

Easing the Burden of Food Insecurity Through Serving Spoon

Presently, CFVF United collaborates monthly with Leslie’s House, a women-only homeless shelter, by providing hot meals and/or groceries to female residents in need.

Employment Assistance
CFVF United partners with NC Works and NCServes.

Referral Services

Education:
Through training and mentorship, we provide education as related to Veteran benefits and support services.

Advocacy:
The Lives Transformed team seizes opportunities to promote justice and supportive legislation by advocating for the needs of Combat Female Veterans (CFVs) and their families- at the local, state, and national levels.

The mission of our Legacy Angel project is to honor Combat Female Veterans through the collection, preservation, and telling of their stories. Special emphasis is given to our aging Women Warriors.

Starting in 2019, we began to honor and celebrate the service of Outstanding Combat Female Veterans of North Carolina.

Transition. Education. Advocacy.

Combat Female Veterans Families (CFVF) United operates from an advantageous position as it is chiefly operated for and by combat female Veterans that have already navigated through the processes of transitioning to life after war. CFVF United understands the significance and uniqueness of combat female Veterans needs.
CFVF United is the only organization of combat Female Veterans and their families. Our mission is to provide transition services to Combat Female Veterans (CFV) and their families; supporting life after war. Combat female Veterans have unique and complex needs as they return home from war. We connect the underserved CFV and their families to services based upon their individual needs. Given their sacrifices, these services will expedite their transition into civilian life.
CFVF United linkage to services promotes the use of VA benefits, programs and services; support and initiate activates that educate and sensitize the community to the unique needs of CFVs. By helping combat female Veterans improve their quality of life we in return help them see their value.

In 2018, We began our programs and projects. CFVF United, Serving Spoon: As part of our commitment to community service, and because far too many veterans stand among the ranks of the homeless, we’re preparing and serving meals at a local women’s shelter on the second Monday of every month. We’re currently accepting contributions towards relevant grocery needs, in the form of gift cards, for this program. Any amount is most appreciated! Combat Female Pen Pal Support Program: In partnership with the NOW (National Organization for Women) Chapter in Winston-Salem, we’re writing letters to deployed female service members in combat zones. When possible, we’re also pairing active female combat service members with combat female veterans – women who intimately relate with their unique experiences and sacrifices. Established CFVF United Emergency Relief Fund. One of the ways CFVF United is easing the burdens of Combat Female Veterans is by offering business appropriate outfits, at no cost, through Cloth Closet. In 2019 we began the NC Women of Combat Award.

Financials

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Combat Female Veterans Families United

Board of directors
as of 1/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

MICHELLE TURNER

COMBAT FEMALE VETERANS FAMILIES UNITED

Term: 2017 -


Board co-chair

ROBIN HAMILTON

Combat Female Veterans Families United

Term: 2019 -

WANDA BLACKMON

DENISE ROBINSON

ANNIE TIMMONS

PATSYE DREW

VERONICA GRAY

JACQUELINE STANLEY

JOYCE GILLIARD

GAIL HORN

ROBIN HAMILTON

YOLANDA MAYO

VARNETTA JONES

ELIZABETH ANGEL

LISA WHITE

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

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