By Dave Minsky
Santa Maria Times, Calif.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Air Force veteran Sandy Blair is doing her part to help solve what she describes as a common problem for many re-entering the civilian world.
A brief bout of hard luck that followed Sandy Blair’s service in the Air Force had a silver lining — it formed the groundwork for her nonprofit, Operation WEBS.
Blair’s nonprofit provides housing for homeless women veterans, including tiny homes. Its formation was years in the making and a result of Blair’s struggle following an unanticipated medically-related discharge from the Air Force.
Although Blair said she sometimes believes her struggle was minuscule compared to what other veterans experience coming home from war, it gave her the insight to see what she believes is a common problem for many re-entering the civilian world.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Blair immigrated to New Jersey with her family in the 1980s. After graduating from high school in 1992, Blair enlisted in the Air Force out of Philadelphia. She wanted to be an F-16 jet mechanic and had the intention of making it a career. “I felt like it was my calling,” she said.
But the Air Force couldn’t coordinate the start of her school with her graduation from boot camp, so Blair chose to be a dental technician instead.