These women meet weekly at the VA Hospital in a group setting and a therapist facilitates the group. The students brought a group of 12 volunteers from the community (make-up artists, hair stylists from a local beauty college, manicurists, waxing, and a masseuse). Some of these women (the female veterans) had never pampered themselves, or thought they could feel that beautiful for a day.
It was an amazing afternoon of talking and sharing stories and laughter. The students really captured the internal and external beauty of these women that were traumatized during their time of serving our country.
The students also shared a Powerpoint presentation with the veterans to discuss their research and findings about the MST occurrences in the military and what they learned about the population.
Then they had a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (CSULB Alumni) from the VA Hospital come and speak about self-care and what it looks like to take time for yourself, even 10 minutes a day.
Then the room was transformed as the clients had refreshments and they came back to stations of “beauty” (hair, nails, massage, waxing, and makeup). It was amazing how many of the ladies transformed their appearance and felt better about themselves after participating in self-care activities.