Edmonds Military Wire: Local merchants step forward to support military families

Michael Schindler

The majority of servicemembers and their families transition from the military into the civilian sector well-adjusted and ready to take on “life after the military.” However, there are growing numbers of servicemembers falling into homelessness and more than 650,000 Veterans who are unemployed and countless more that are underemployed.

With upcoming military cuts, the Puget Sound can expect more families to face these challenges. No surprise, local merchants are stepping in to be proactive.

On Thursday, May 8 from 2-4 p.m. at the Edmonds Yacht Club, C’est la Vie boutique is hosting an unforgettable charity fashion show to celebrate and support our military families and the proceeds raised will help those who are, and will be, in need of employment and emergency services.

Operation Fashion Forward will feature local military spouses and family members modeling the latest spring fashions from C’est la Vie and some of Edmonds’ finest restaurants are providing food and beverage for those who attend.

“This is a great way to celebrate spring and support our military families at the same time!” says C’est la Vie owner Colleen Bowman. “Our mission at C’est la Vie is to show women how to look and feel great in any occasion, and Operation Military Family Cares (OMF Cares) is the perfect partner to help us share our mission with military families.“

A portion of sales will go toward OMF Cares initiatives related to combating homelessness and improving the health and welfare of military and veteran families. Ticket sales are $25 per person online or $30 at the door. Advanced ticket purchases are recommended. You can find more information here.

— By Michael Schindler

Michael Schindler, Navy veteran, and president of Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, is a guest writer for several national publications, author of the book “Operation Military Family” and “The Military Wire” blog. He is also a popular keynote and workshop speaker who reaches thousands of service members and their families every year through workshops and seminars that include “How to Battle-Ready Your Relationship” or “What Your Mother-in-Law Didn’t Tell You.” He received the 2010 Outstanding Patriotic Service Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.

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