As a nurse, I was inspired by this an amazing woman, Parthenia Warford who now has devoted herself to helping military widows and single moms become self-sufficient through a nursing degree. She started the Warford Foundation, a non-profit organization run on a shoe-string budget. Parthenia herself was a single mom at the age of 17, yet with the help of family and friends was able to make sure her daughter was well cared for and she finished school.
On the sage advice of her grandfather, Parthenia enlisted in the army at age 21 and worked her way up the ranks, from Georgia to NATO headquarters. Prior to her retirement after 20 years, she was executive assistant to the assistant deputy cheif of staff for Army Intelligence. In addition, she has not 1, not 2, but 3 advanced degrees, the last one she earned is in the field of Non-Profit management.
Her mission now is to help military widows and single moms become self-sufficient by obtaining their nursing degrees. Parthenia knows that “Life can throw you a curveball” and after all the funerals and other rituals associated with losing a military spouse, a woman is left wondering how to support herself and her family. Likewise, many single moms want to be self-sufficient and yet may need some financial support and encouragement to find a career that is not only fulfilling, but will pay the bills.
Nursing is such a great profession. We get to help others and make lasting differences in people’s lives. Parthenia Warford is helping more women realize their dreams of a fulfilling career and becoming self-sufficient. I’ve sent in a donation to help her help more women and I hope you’ll consider making a donation too. Think about how much a few lattes cost or how just $10.00 will make a big difference for military widows and single moms.
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