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<p>Furniture Fair, the VA Medical Center, the Better Business Bureau Center for Ethics and Local 12 are “Standing As One for Women Veterans” and asking the community to participate in a personal hygiene product drive for women veterans. The items will then be collected and distributed during the Veterans Military Appreciation Event on March 16. / Image: MGN / Kevin S. O'Brien / USN // Published: 2.28.18<br></p>
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4 Local Businesses Are Helping Women Veterans through March 11

Furniture Fair and three other local organizations are coming together as one to ask for donations for women veterans.

Furniture Fair, the VA Medical Center, the Better Business Bureau Center for Ethics, and Local 12 are “Standing As One for Women Veterans” and asking the community to participate in a personal hygiene product drive for women veterans.

The items will then be collected and distributed during the Veterans Military Appreciation Event on March 16.

This event, located at Furniture Fair in Fairfield, will feature numerous resources, information and children’s activities.

In the Tri-state area, there are 12,000 women veterans. Approximately 3,700 of those women veterans are currently receiving care at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center and at community-based outpatient clinics.

Now through March 11, these businesses and organizations are asking for personal care items such as shampoo, soap, deodorant, sanitary products, and other hair products. The items may be dropped off at any Furniture Fair store in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area. Find a Furniture Fair location by clicking here.

Studies reveal that female service members don’t feel as respected or valued as their male veteran counterparts despite their own honorable military achievements.

Women veterans are also frequently the victims of sexual assault and harassment. According to the VA Medical Center, about 1 in 5 women veterans report sexual assault and 71 to 90 percent report experiencing sexual harassment during the course of their military service. “These experiences, these feelings, these emotions can lead to a lack of their own identity,” said Shirley May, VA Medical Center’s women Veterans program manager. “They may not feel they can receive the same services at the VA or connect with resources in the community.”

Ed Hartman, Furniture Fair’s director of marketing, has a military background so this cause was near and dear to his heart. “As a former USAF member, the military—both veterans and active members—have a special place in my heart,” said Hartman. “When I was told that over 13,000 women vets in the Greater Cincinnati area needed help, I set to work finding out how we at Furniture Fair and the community could help.”

Chris Klug with the BBB also has a military background and quickly joined the efforts to help women veterans. “As a Veteran, I have hosted and been a part of numerous military-specific job fairs and health fairs,” explained Chris Klug, director, Strategic Partnerships, BBB Center for Ethics. “This is the first event of its kind focusing on women Veterans. I’m very proud BBB Center for Ethics along with our partners are addressing a unique issue in the tristate that will help so many people.”

All of the donations collected at the Furniture Fair locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky will then be organized into gift bags. These gift bags will then be distributed at the Veterans Military Appreciation Event on Saturday, March 16 from 10 AM to 1 PM at Furniture Fair, located at 7200 Dixie Highway Fairfield, OH 45014.

The free event will feature a mammogram medial bus from UC Health, complementary health services through the VA medical bus, several employment opportunities with multiple companies as well as pro-bono legal assistance. The VA will also have a booth with more information on their services. The BBB booth will also provide information on veteran scams and how to avoid them.

Activities for kids include a tour of a Humvee, a coloring station, cornhole and a popcorn machine. Free food will be provided by Local 12.

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To learn more about how you can help, click here.

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