Equipping Women Veterans for All of Life’s Missions

Chenega Technical Innovations (ChenegaTI) is proud to offer a wide range of products and services focused on supporting our service men and women, equipping them for any challenge that lies ahead.

For many women veterans, those challenges don’t end on the battlefield.

ChenegaTI and president Heather Lacroix spearheaded a charitable clothing drive benefitting Final Salute’s Next Uniform program, which provides image support for women veterans and military women in career transition. On August 25, more than 300 women veterans were invited to enjoy professional business attire, shoes, accessories, makeovers, image consulting and headshots, all provided free of charge by Final Salute and donors.

Women veterans choose from donated business attire at Final Salute’s Next Uniform event

 

“When I left the Army and started looking for a job, I remember my struggle to afford a professional wardrobe. I had no idea what I was going to do,” said Lacroix, ChenegaTI president and herself a female veteran. “This service from Final Salute is so much more than clothing and image assistance; it helps lessen the stress during a major upheaval. It truly touches lives.”

Chenega MIOS collected boxes full of items for women veterans

ChenegaTI, along with sister companies at the Chenega MIOS Strategic Business Unit (SBU), donated dozens of pieces of women’s business wear to the program. Lacroix also volunteered in person to support the Next Uniform event.

Women veterans comprise the fastest growing homeless population in the U.S., with many female service members returning to civilian life without the means to prepare for the next step in their careers. Final Salute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing women veterans with transitional housing, emergency financial assistance and career transition support.

“We were overwhelmed with donations, and I couldn’t be prouder of how our Chenega employees, family and friends stepped up,” said Lacroix. “Above all, Chenega is committed to supporting our veterans whenever and however needed—on the ground and back at home.”