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Jennifer was born and raised in Statesboro, a small town with a population of a little over 29,000, located in SE Georgia. After graduating from Statesboro High School, Jennifer knew she wanted to do something no one had ever done in her family, join the United States Army. Directly after graduating high school, she enlisted as a Motor Transport Operator (88M), attended Basic Combat Training (BCT) at Fort Leonard Wood MO., and proceeded to Advanced Individual Training (AIT), at Fort Leonard Wood, MO., as well. After deploying multiple times in support of OIF/OEF, she retired in 2009, as a Sergeant First Class (SFC), after an unexpected, career-ending illness. Jennifer’s duty stations included: Fort Stewart, GA., Fort Carson, CO., Fort Drum, NY., Kaiserslautern, GE., and Fort Hood, TX. She currently resides in Augusta, GA., with her two daughters, Shayliyah (11) and Janiah (6) and her husband Randy of 7 years, whom is stationed at Fort Gordon, GA.
Jennifer Berry holds an Associate of Applied Science in Chemical Dependency from Central Texas College, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Columbus State University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Community Counseling, from Columbus State University. She is also a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) and a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC).
Like so many other veterans, her commitment to duty and community drove her to continue to serve, outside the military, which led to the birth of She S.E.R.V.E.D Inc., a service driven, charitable 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization developed to Support, Enhance and Restore Veterans Every Day. Intentionally founded on Veterans Day 2014, She S.E.R.V.E.D Inc., was designed to keep within the tradition of honoring and thanking women veterans for their dedicated and loyal service to their country and to ensure they know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in their lives to keep our country free. Incorporated on 14 November 2014. She S.E.R.V.E.D Inc., isn’t the first organization to cater exclusively to women veterans; what sets us apart is our passion and focus on three objectives: Supporting, Enhancing and Restoring.
We Support women veterans by educating them about gender-specific benefits available, helping them to receive the benefits to which they are entitled and by connecting them to community resources whom are able to assist in providing those benefits. Every day, women in the military proudly serve our country, but when they return home they often do not receive the recognition, benefits, or services they have earned.
We Enhance women veterans by helping them during their transition into the civilian sector with our “Fatigues to Corporates” workshops, which will assist them in preparing for and securing a job; assist them in retaining their new positions, succeeding in the mainstream workplace as well as other helpful career tips to present themselves in the best possible light during job interviews. Our “Wall Locker” will provide them with new or gently used job interview attire.
We Restore women veterans by helping them with immediate needs, such as shelter, food, clothing, and transition aid through existing networks and resources. Offering financial assistance to low-income veterans, and serving as a navigation support for post women veterans as they transition into a civil lifestyle.
She S.E.R.V.E.D Inc., was born out of a perceived need and a personal experience. "In 2009, I was forced to look for civilian employment, a battlefield I truly wasn't prepared for. I had no clue how to write a resume, and definitely didn't know how to begin translating all the military lingo into the civilian sector. Not to mention, although embarrassing, I didn't have interview attire to wear to an interview, if I was lucky enough to land one. Although there were classes geared towards my specific gripes, they weren't very in-depth, which left me having to fend for myself in unfamiliar territory. I needed to know what benefits were available to me as a veteran, specifically a FEMALE veteran, and how to go about obtaining them. How would I bridge the gap between receiving a guaranteed check on the 1st and 15th of the month, to not knowing when I would receive retirement or disability compensation?!?!?! These were those in-depth questions I needed answered, but quickly realized there were no answers, and I wasn't the only person enduring such hardship, but my sisters in arms were as well."
Her experience motivated her to develop She S.E.R.V.E.D Inc., with the vision of becoming a buffer for female veterans by ensuring that all interpersonal stressors experienced during and post deployment such as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) following combat exposure, Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Unemployment & Underemployment; Homelessness and all transitional, readjustment and emerging issues are highlighted and advocated for so they no longer go unnoticed for women veterans.
Jennifer is a founding member of Alpha Gamma Xi Sorority, Inc., a Military Sisterhood, dedicated to being the premier Military Sorority offering membership to current and past women of the United States Armed Forces.
She is the owner of Pretty Girls Glam Boutique, LLC., and is an avid community supporter in activities such as March of Dimes, Race for the Cure and Heart Walk. She is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Psi Chi (an International Honor Society in Psychology), and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Jennifer's personal mission statement: to become a dynamic leader. It is my goal to change my environment globally. Founding She S.E.R.V.E.D Inc., is a way for me to make a difference. It is my desire to touch the lives of my peers, my community and especially those who deserve it-my battle buddies.
The Milspo Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that educates and empowers military spouse entrepreneurs.