July 4th Makeover Celebration

by Linda Franklin

Shining Service Jul7 4th Makeover I want to wish everyone an awesome Fourth of July and share some photos from our amazing July 4th Military Makeover at the gorgeous L’APPARTEMENT HAIR BOUDOIR.

Our makeovers are definitely an affair of the heart as we take beautiful women in Shining Service July 4th Makeoverservice and make them every more beautiful.  It’s a emotional experience for everyone involved.

Shining Service July 4th MakeoverThank you to everyone who gave so much to make our women feel so appreciated.  If you want to see more of this celebration here’s a link to a great clip from CBS who covered our event.

Military Women Transformed – A Wonderful Day

by Linda Franklin Shining Service Worldwide

Military Makeovers Rock Linda Franklin Shining Service WorldwideOne video is worth a million words.  What a fabulous and emotional day!  Everybody was touched by these fabulous women.

Shining Service Worldwide is a charitable organization that supports all women who are part of the military family. Our goal is their successful re-integration back into civilian life. We do that with our transitional homes for veteran moms and their children, our makeover missions, The Shining Service Bracelets corporate and private donations.

Women Veterans -Their Biggest Challenge

by Linda Franklin

We produced this video to bring attention to the every increasing plight of women veterans.  Too many are falling through the cracks along with their children.  It’s time to protect them as they have protected us.

Shining Service Worldwide is a charitable organization that supports all women who are part of the military family. Our goal is their successful re-integration back into civilian life. We do that with our transitional homes for veteran moms and their children, our makeover missions, The Shining Service Bracelets corporate and private donations.

 

Fleet Week Makeover 2013

by Linda Franklin

What a celebration we had last night.  Here’s just a taste of our wonderful tribute to military women.  It was held at the fabulous Julian Farel Salon on Fifth Avenue New York City and covered by WPIX.  More coming soon.

Shining Service Worldwide is a charitable organization that supports all women who are part of the military family. Our goal is their successful re-integration back into civilian life. We do that with our transitional homes for veteran moms and their children, our makeover missions, The Shining Service Bracelets corporate and private donations.

Veteran Mom Refused Shelter

by Rebecca Miller Pringle

Dawn Barber a Desert Storm Veteran who served her Country, was bounced from church conference room to church conference room for months with her little boy, because she was not allowed to stay in a veteran’s shelter/home – CHILDREN NOT ALLOWED!

This happens all the time and is the reason Shining Service is stepping in. “The Shining Beacon House” will be for veteran moms and their children.

Shining Service Worldwide is a charitable organization that supports all women who are part of the military family. Our goal is their successful re-integration back into civilian life. We do that with our transitional homes for veteran moms and their children, our makeover missions, The Shining Service Bracelets corporate and private donations.

Dr. Oz Salutes Women Veterans

by Linda Franklin

Dr. Oz Military Women's Show Shining Service Worldwide

Dr. Oz went on a mission to uncover our military servicewomen’s greatest health issues and raises the question of whether our infrastructure is doing everything to recognize and address their problems. 

The show put a face on the problem of female military sexual trauma as one veteran shares her story of survival and her coping mechanisms. The question of whether female soldiers respond the same ways to war as men is answered with surprising results. The show also discusses women’s battle with post traumatic stress disorder and whether female soldiers respond to duress differently than men. In addition the show lends insight to our servicewomen’s difficulty of re-integration into family life. For some female soldiers, returning to their roles of wives and mothers from deployment differs from the experience of male soldiers drastically.

Then, Dr. Oz uncovers an alarming problem facing female veterans today: homelessness. Dr. Oz visits the Beacon House, a shelter for homeless female veterans in Long Island, New York and spends a day in the life of four homeless veterans who are fighting their way back to a normal life. With nearly 13,000 estimated homeless female veterans, Dr. Oz and his guests discuss why so many have fallen through the cracks after protecting our nation and address what can be done to help them.

“As women have moved into roles traditionally occupied by men in our military such as combat, we are now beginning to understand how post traumatic stress ravages those who so bravely gave their time and their health to keep us safe. This problem is new, and the Department of Defense should be commended for taking that first important step in dealing with its vast scope: talking about it. These women are heroes in the truest sense and will inspire you and touch your heart,” said Dr. Mehmet Oz.

To see the video he show click here.

Shining Service Worldwide is a charitable organization that supports all women who are part of the military family. Our goal is their successful re-integration back into civilian life.art. We do that with our transitional homes for veteran moms and their children, our makeover missions, The Shining Service Bracelets corporate and private donations. 

March Makeover In Stony Brook

by Linda Franklin

Shining Service March Makeover , LindaFranklin Here are some wonderful pictures from our latest makeover in Long Island.  The women were lovely and the artists who made our beautiful women even more beautiful were amazing.  Great big hearts all around.  Thanks so much Cactus Salon and Spa.   

I also want to thank TGI Fridays for hosting a wonderful lunch for our military gals.  This is the second lunch Fridays has hosted and looking forward to the third.  You support our miltary women and we love you for that!

Shining Service March Makeover - Linda FrankinOne of our makeovers Wendy, cut 10 inches off her hair and donated it to Locks of Love.  She was given a gift that day and she wanted to pay it forward.  That’s how wonderful our women are.

Take a look at more pictures from our makeover mission - they will warm your heart.

Shining Service Worldwide is a charitable organization that supports all women who are part of the military family. Our goal is their successful re-integration back into civilian life.art.  We do that with our transitional homes for veteran moms and their children, our makeover missions, The Shining Service Bracelets corporate and private donations. 

New York Times Reports On Female Vets Struggling Back Home

by Linda Franklin

New York Times Reports On Female Vets Struggling Back Home Linda Franklin Shining Service Worldwide
This morning I read this article in The New York Times  by Patricia Leigh Brown and it confirmed everything female veterans already know and are dealing with on a daily basis.

Even as the Pentagon lifts the ban on women in combat roles, returning servicewomen are facing a battlefield of a different kind: they are now the fastest growing segment of the homeless population, an often-invisible group bouncing between sofa and air mattress, overnighting in public storage lockers, living in cars and learning to park inconspicuously on the outskirts of shopping centers to avoid the violence of the streets.

While male returnees become homeless largely because of substance abuse and mental illness, experts say that female veterans face those problems and more, including the search for family housing and an even harder time finding well-paying jobs. But a common pathway to homelessness for women, researchers and psychologists said, is military sexual trauma, or M.S.T., from assaults or harassment during their service, which can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Female veterans are far more likely to be single parents than men. Yet more than 60 percent of transitional housing programs receiving grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs did not accept children, or restricted their age and number, according to a 2011 report by the Government Accountability Office.

These statistics are much more than mere numbers to me. Since I started Shining Service Worldwide, which is all about successful integration for female veterans, l have been all to aware of the challenges these women and their children have to endure.

Just yesterday, one of our makeover veterans and her two kids faced living on the streeets.  But, with the assistance of our partner United Veterans Beacon House and Congressman Israel’s office she is getting the help that she needs.  Now the real help can begin -getting her back on track – with healthcare shelter and a job.

Our Shining Service Makeovers are so much more than a day of beauty.  These women become part of our family and we do whatever we can to help them with their many challenges.

Shining Service Worldwide is a charitable organization that supports all women who are part of the military family. Our goal is their successful re-integration back into civilian life.  We accomplish that goal through our homes for veteran moms and their kids, our Shining Service Makeovers and our Shining Service Bracelets. Help us help our women in service!

President’s Day Makeover Rocked NYC

by Specialist Gisselotte Ventura , N.J. National Guard

Presidents Day Fridays Shining Service WorldwideOn Monday February 18, 2013 five of my Army National Guard battle buddies and I were chosen to partake in the “President’s Day Makeover” organized by Shining Service Worldwide  It was billed as a salute to “First Ladies” and was their reward for our hard work as first responders during Hurricane Sandy.

We were chosen by one of our sergeants for a job well done. Sergeant Brito and Pamela Kulisek both informed us of what Shining Service was putting together for us. On our way to the makeover we were filled with excitement, nervousness and we did not know what to expect. From the minute we entered Riccardo Maggiore’s Salon everyone was very welcoming. For the first time we were the ones being rescued and catered to.

We had gotten a breakdown of what our day would consist of but believe me, it far surpassed our expectations. Everything was so well organized. The stylists and Fox 5, who filmed the event for the evening news broadcast,  were eager to know more about us and where we came from. Being in the military we very seldom find people who are genuinely interested in who we are, it has mostly been about what we have done.

Words cannot express our gratitude for being granted the opportunity to meet so many inspiring people.  It was as if we were queens of the city. We were complemented from the minute we arrived and even after we said our goodbyes. All the stylists kept us engaged in conversations about what they were doing to our hair, nails and make up, providing us a real level of comfort.

Then it was time for our big reveal.  We changed into our party attire ready for the final  piece to an amazing day. Linda Franklin and Trish Rubin welcomed us to Shining Service Worldwide and provided us with a beautiful Shining Service bracelet and gorgeous red pashminas.  It was a very emotional moment for us. I was even more excited because this same week marked my fourth year in the military and what better way to celebrate your service.

Then if was off to TGI Fridays for lunch.  We were greeted royally and ushered to a special section just for us.  Then it began.  Champagne toasts, followed by a delicious lunch and an open bar for our pleasure.  The manager of Fridays at 56th and Lexington Avenue and the server, were at our beck and call with fabulous service.

Our combat boots were taken off, children were left at the babysitters, and professors and employers were notified of our absence. It was as if we were part of a fairy tale – only it was real life.

Linda, we learned so much about your organization and we praise what you all do for women in the military. Again thank you not only for the makeovers, the delicious meals, or the toasts but for introducing us to your organization and what you do.  – Hooah

Shining Service Worldwide is a charitable organization that supports all women who are part of the military family. Our goal is successful re-integration back into civilian life.

Woman In Combat

Woman In Combat Linda Franklin Shining Service WorldwideWomen make up 15 percent of America’s armed forces in numbers over 350,000.  Until now, military policy had prohibited them them from serving in combat zones.  That’s changed.  Is this change a good thing?  Here’s a look from both sides – you decide.
  

YES

Where and how women serve in the military should be based on ability and training, not gender. Policies that prohibit the military from using the skills of all service members should be changed.

But policy had limits where women serve in the Army and Marines. Specifically closed are infantry, armor, and most artillery units, and women cannot be assigned to units whose primary mission is to engage the enemy. These polices were based on what is believed to be the will of the American public, not women’s proven abilities.

Women have always fought and died in America’s wars. (As of June, 41 women have died in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.) They’ve led men in battle, been prisoners of war, fired lethal weapons, and operated our most sophisticated systems. They fly combat aircraft and serve on combat ships. Women meet the military’s physical and mental standards, are technically proficient, and are highly trained war fighters and leaders. From my 28 years in the Air Force, I know that servicemen consider women part of the team.

In today’s all-volunteer force, women have accepted the challenges, responsibilities, and dangers of military service, just as the men have. With today’s battlefield and the war on terror, there are no front lines, and every unit regardless of size or mission has the potential to engage with the enemy.

Why handicap our military with outdated and unrealistic policies restricting the use of capable people? It is time such policies were abolished.

Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught
U.S. Air Force (Retired)

NO


The nation’s pride in our military women does not justify assignments in direct ground combat, which involves more than the experience of being in danger, or even the risk of ambush.

Forget about Lara Croft, and think about real-life infantry, Marines, and Special Operations Forces that engage the enemy in places like Fallujah in Iraq. These men carry electronic equipment, weapons, ammunition, heavy body armor, and water weighing 50 to 100 pounds. Such burdens would weigh more heavily on smaller female soldiers who have, on average, 45 to 50 percent less upper-body strength and 25 to 30 percent less aerobic capacity, which is essential for endurance.

In the Army’s own surveys, 90 percent of enlisted women have said they oppose involuntary combat assignments on the same basis as men. They know that training for female soldiers is modified to compensate for physical differences, but there can be no modifications on the battlefield.

In direct combat, women would not have an equal opportunity to survive, or to help fellow soldiers survive.

Even if physical capabilities were objectively measured and equal, coed combat assignments would affect discipline and unit cohesion. Women lose more duty time due to medical issues, including pregnancy, and their absence would be particularly disruptive in combat units where concentration and mutual trust are essential for survival.

At times, we have no choice about sending young men to war, but we do have a choice when it comes to sending young women. Changing that would be a mistake.

Elaine Donnelly

Shining Service Worldwide is a charitable organization that supports all women who are part of the military family.  Our goal is successful re-integration back into civilian life.