OPERATION REINVENT addresses the challenges faced by the thousands of women who leave military service each year to re-enter civilian life and the competitive US job market.
We provide post-9/11 women veterans with the professional guidance, tools and resources they need to identify career paths that suit their skills, education, experience, goals, and interests—and find the right job.
OPERATION REINVENT ‘embraces’ women veterans even before they leave military service, until they have successfully reinvented their lives and transitioned to a new normal… as happy, healthy, productive civilians in the workplace and in the community. During this process, which does not have an expiration date, OPERATION REINVENT does not let her fall between cracks or lose courage. It guides, mentors, educates and makes the transition process smoother, less confusing and less scary for the women who sacrificed so much in serving us all.
OPERATION REINVENT advocates for women veterans who right now have a 66% higher unemployment rate and are 4x more likely to be homeless than their male counterparts.
For women. By women. OPERATION REINVENT is the only full service program exclusively dedicated to women veterans. It contains every step necessary to give women veterans the confidence and the heightened self-esteem that comes from a polished professional image. From a well-constructed resume, winning interview tactics and understanding the language, currency and the culture of their new civilian workplace. And from regular, biweekly, woman veteran-to-woman veteran peer support that is so important to keep going on.
“ When I left the military, I felt as if I left behind a huge portion of my identity and had to ‘reinvent’ myself and figure out who I was and my own value. It was such a hard time in my life. I had wished I had more resources but was stuck trying to figure it out on my own. What you are doing is more important than you realize. On behalf of my sisters and myself, I thank you for throwing a lifeline to a new life.”
Sharie Derrickson, US Navy Veteran, CEO Vet Net Zero, 2013 White House ‘Champion of Change,’ Operation Reinvent Board Member
Operation Reinvent in the Wall Street Journal18 February 2015
Buzzfeed Celebrates Women Veterans15 February 2015
Salute with a Smile! Benefit Cosmetics gives Mini Makeovers free for women veterans on Valentine’s Day!12 February 2015
Operation Reinvent on Mass Appeal with LaShaun Morris and Julie Lewit13 November 2014
Tears of Joy! TODAY SHOW Makeover for two of our Operation Reinvent Women12 November 2014
OPERATION REINVENT is a proud member of the R4 ALLIANCE, a collaboration of programs of excellence providing therapeutic and community-based Recreation services and affiliate programs providing educational and career services to Our Military Family. R4 is focused and committed to achieving the highest quality services through collaborative efforts in Research, education, standards of excellence, economic viability, and continuum of care across our service community. We believe these services are essential to the holistic Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Our Military Family.