Major Jas Boothe, an advocate for veterans, joined our hosts, David Grasso from GenFKD and Robin White-Goode from Black Enterprise, to discuss her remarkable journey which has received media attention, including from Oprah Winfrey. Jas received a head, neck and throat cancer diagnosis while en route to Iraq in 2005. Just one month prior, Jas and her family had lost everything in Hurricane Katrina. Jas wound up as a homeless, disabled, unemployed veteran and single mother.
“I had to get up off the couch and, you know, get myself together and be a better role model for him and show him that you don’t just lay down when tough times happen,” Jas said of being there for her young son. Jas beat cancer and became the founder of Final Salute Inc., a nonprofit focused on finding safe and suitable housing for homeless women veterans and their children.
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