An organization created in southeast Texas to uplift female veterans

BEAUMONT, Texas — Area veterans have created a new nonprofit to provide community for women who have served in the military and to nurture their sisters-in-arms.

Jonetta Andrepont is one of many veterans who call Southeast Texas home after serving in the military.

“I retired from the military in 2004 and moved to southeast Texas, and I realize that, you know, I kind of felt like a fish out of water. “, Andrepont said.

The military helps soldiers transition to civilian life, but each experience is unique.

“I was so used to preparing my sailors for the next stage, and for their careers, and for their transition, but in doing that, I really didn’t prepare myself, because I didn’t know it was going to be so difficult. ,” Andrépont said.

After serving 20 years as an aircraft mechanic, often swaying over the sides of jets, Andrepont found herself feeling alone.

“I was looking for resources, and I was looking for peers and a networking group,” Andrepont said.

Andrepont eventually became a member of the American Legion Post 33. Still, the veteran felt like he missed the brotherhood.

“Sometimes we try to find our way. We feel out of place,” Andrepont said. “You can’t belong to, like, boy groups”

Just as she felt called to serve, she felt called to answer the question of why different organizations similar to the American Legion were needed.

“A lot of people try to figure out, ‘Well, why do you need an organization like that,'” Andrepont said. “We have our own unique differences and challenges.”

Andrepont and two other retired female soldiers have formed a nonprofit to help their sisters-in-arms have a safe place to communicate and navigate resources.

“Boots, Bring out our troop sisterssaid Andrepont. “We’re growing, and it’s new to Southeast Texas. I don’t think there is another female veteran organization out there.”

The group’s mission is to help every veteran in need.

“If you need support resources, a friend, someone to listen to you, we’re here,” Andrepont said.

Anyone who is a veteran or knows one is encouraged to call the American Legion at 409-833-9593 for help finding resources or just having someone to talk to.

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