After Her Service is a program for Post-9/11 women veterans designed to build personal resilience and foster professional success. It is based upon a Women Veterans’ Needs Assessment that the M-SPAN team conducted in 2016 to identify challenges and gaps in services for Post-9/11 women veterans. After Her Service was created to address these concerns, which include reintegrating into civilian life; setting and meeting professional goals; and developing effective ways to cope and manage stress.
The program begins with a skill-building retreat focused on increasing resiliency. Following the retreat, participants engage in up to 12 sessions of professional, one-on-one coaching to set and meet career goals. The first two program retreats were held in December 2017 and March 2018, both in New Orleans, LA. A new round of recruitment began in Fall 2019.