A POWERHOUSE CAUSE… for a group of women with a POWERHOUSE commitment to our homeland.
BY STEFANY J.
Ginger Miller is a native New Yorker and former homeless service disabled veteran. After taking care of her husband, a disabled veteran, who has suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for over a decade and experiencing homelessness with her family, Ginger decided to form John 14:2, Inc…
John 14:2, Inc is a nonprofit organization whose core mission is to assist military veterans and their families experiencing homelessness, substance abuse, and mental illness to reintegrate back into the community, retain permanent housing, maintain sobriety and regain their pride, dignity, and most of all, hope. Since the inception of John 14:2, Inc in 2009, the organization has helped over 300 veterans. John 14:2, Inc was instrumental in hosting the first Prince George’s County Homeless Veteran Stand Down.
Ginger’s advocacy and outreach efforts have led her to host Veteran Round Tables in Annapolis, Maryland with State Veterans Agencies and Elected Representatives. She facilitates workshops for veteran caregivers and frequently receives invitations to speak at various government agencies, including the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Veterans Affairs, HUD, and The Secret Service. In March of 2010 Ginger, was invited by Senator Patricia Murray of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs to advocate with U.S. senators at a press conference to save potential cuts to the HUD VASH Program.
In the summer of 2011 Ginger started Women Veterans Interactive, a division of John 14:2, Inc that is dedicated to serving and supporting women veterans, while meeting them at their points of need. In March of 2012 Women Veterans Interactive received a Governor’s Citation form Governor O’Malley for the dedication and service to women veterans. Since the inception of Women Veterans Interactive, the organization has supported over 500 women veterans through outreach and support services.
Keeping in the spirit of service, Ginger currently volunteers her time to serve our nations veterans through several state and local appointments to include: Chairwoman of the Prince George’s County Veterans Commission, Commissioner Maryland Commission for Women, Member Maryland Veterans Resilience Advisory Council, Maryland Minority Business Economic Advisory Committee, and she serves as a member of the Maryland Caregivers Support Coordinating Council.
Ginger was honored with the White House Champion of Change Award for Women Veterans in March of 2013, Veterans Champion Award in July 2012 by the United Black Fund Inc. The DAV September-October 2011 issue highlights Ginger as the President and CEO of John 14:2, Inc discussing issues as it relates to women veteran at the 2011 Women Veterans Summit.
Ginger is featured as a “Woman of Valor” in the December 2011 issue of Essence Magazine. February 2012 the Washington Wizard honored Ginger and John 14:2, Inc. Ms. Miller was featured in the Washington Post, as she supported John 14:2, Inc.’s Women Veterans Lunch on December 27, 2011. The Prince George’s County Gazette featured articles on Ginger advocating for homeless veterans on November 5, 2009 and December 10, 2009.
Ginger served in the U.S. Navy from 1989 to 1992, received a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, and a Masters in Nonprofit Management May 2013 from the University of Maryland University College. She enjoys spending quality time with her husband William Miller of 23 years and two sons, William Jr. 20 and Andre James 13. Ginger enjoys meeting people, traveling, watching movies, and attending church.
UP CLOSE WITH GINGER MILLER
“I would say that the group of people I admire the most are our nations veterans because we serve and sacrifice so much of our lives for the safety and freedoms of our country.”
HMM: What made you decide to be what you have chosen as a profession today? Who were some of your earliest influences?
GM: I decided to form a nonprofit organization to support women veterans because of my own personal struggles with homelessness. Unfortunately, I did not transition well out of the military and found myself homeless with my husband a disabled veteran and our son, 3 years after getting out the military.
HMM: How hard was it breaking into the business? We hear stories all the time of people who try for years and never make it, and then other stories of overnight “in the right place at the right time” sensations. Which one do you think there’s more of? Those who pay their dues, or opportunity meeting preparation?
GM: I can only speak for myself in saying that I have most certainly put my time in but there have been times that I was at the right place at the right time. Opportunity meeting preparation has also worked for me; I am always preparing for the next level and should the opportunity arise it makes for a perfect match.
HMM: What is it about this that makes you do what you do?
GM: After experiencing what it is like to be a homeless women veteran and the anguish, embarrassment, isolation and depression that comes with it, I wanted to make sure that other women veterans would not have to suffer the same way. So for me it’s that simple, I am giving women veterans what I didn’t have.
HMM: What is your definition of peace? What is your definition of success?
GM: Peace to me means that everything is good between me and God and my family after that everything else falls into place. Success to me is accomplishing goals no matter how big or how small.
“My work is done from the heart! I want to leave a legacy of being a woman veteran who empowered, supported and assisted women veterans all over the world.”