Michelle Obama’s Extreme Makeover

by Linda Franklin The Real Cougar Woman 

 Extreme makeoverMichelle Obama will be filming a segment for Extreme Makeover Home Edition in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  She will join the Makeover crew as they build a two-story boarding house and resource centre for destitute female veterans. It's called the Steps and Stages Jubillee House.  This effort is linked to the 'Joining Forces' initiative that she began with Dr. Jill Biden in the Spring.

Barbara Marshall, a 15-year Navy veteran who runs the non-profit shelter which provides transitional and permanent homes, has been recruiting local construction workers and volunteers over the past week.

Marshall, a former chaplain, has accommodated hundreds of women since opening the complex a little over a year ago – unsurprising given that the Department of Veterans Affairs estimates 107,000 veterans are homeless on any given night.


According to the Office of Veterans Affairs, women will make up around 10 per cent of the Veteran population by 2020. 

Executive producer for the show, George Verschoor, congratulated Marshall and said, "we never really hear about the hardship of women veterans. This project has put things in a completely different perspective for us. It really highlights the need for all of us to help care for our servicemen and women.' This project has put things in a completely different perspective for us".
 
We all have a responsibility to take care of our veterans and that's why I have established Shining Service Worldwide.  It's my contribution for helping military women acclimate back into civilian life.  This important mission is just getting started but it is gaining speed very quickly.  To find out how you can help please email me linda@therealcougarwoman.com
 
You can also check out United Veterans Beacon House they provide housing for homeless vets and are a fabulous organization run by Frank Amalfitano – a man with a huge heart.
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