Jaspen Boothe | Final Salute
CPT Jaspen (Jas) Boothe is the President and Founder of Final Salute Inc, an organization whose mission to provide homeless female Veterans with safe and suitable housing. Jas has served over 11 years in the United States Army and currently serves on active duty in the United States Army National Guard; duty station, Army National Guard Bureau, Arlington, VA.
She deployed during the OIF/OEF campaigns and her military career has been dedicated to working with and advocating for Soldiers and their family members.
In 2005, she was a single parent in the Army Reserves living in New Orleans. In July she learned she would soon be deploying to Iraq. Shortly after, Boothe's life was torn apart by two significant events. In August she lost everything she owned due to Hurricane Katrina. She tried to shift her focus to her platoon that was counting on her for leadership through the deployment. The very next month in September, she received a diagnosis of an aggressive head, neck, and throat cancer, and was now unable to deploy.
Boothe's options were limited and posed some very hard choices for her. Because of her illness, the military was willing to discharge her. But Boothe needed complex full-time medical care, a job, and a place to live with her child. When searching for what assistance might be available, she was told there were no existing programs for female Veterans with children and that she should explore welfare and social services as an option, just like every other single mother. She found these options unacceptable for a woman who had honorably served her country and after 6 months at Brooke Army Medical Center, she was found fit for duty and immediately began looking for employment and a place for her and her son to live.
In 2006, she relocated to Missouri with her aunt, where she had subsequently accepted a job offer from the Army National Guard. Later in the year, she received an opportunity to return to full-time duty in Washington, DC. Boothe never forgot what she and her son had been through and was determined to ensure her fellow sister Veterans had a resource in their time of need.
Final Salute Inc. is part of her commitment to "Never Leave a Fallen Comrade". Final Salute Inc now operates a beautiful six-bedroom house in an upscale neighborhood in Fairfax, VA and it serves as transitional housing for female veterans and their children needing assistance. Boothe holds dual MAs in Human Resource Management and Management and Leadership from Webster University.
Jas is the mother of two wonderful boys and wife of a former Marine Combat Veteran.