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Who We Are?

Mihyon D. Cha, the driving force behind the Veterans Beauty Professionals Organization (VBPO), brings to the cause not just a passion for the beauty industry but a deeply personal understanding of the challenges veterans face when transitioning to civilian life. Her story is one of resilience, transformation, and the desire to give back to a community that mirrors her own journey from military service to civilian success.Mihyon served in the military for eight years, a combat veteran of three wars, where she acquired skills that, while invaluable, didn't directly translate to the civilian job market. Upon leaving the service, like many veterans, she faced a pivotal question: What now? With skills in carpentry and plumbing but a desire for a different path, she found herself at a crossroads, emblematic of the broader struggle many veterans experience. However, Mihyon had something else—tattooing skills. This unique ability led her to explore the world of aesthetics, where she discovered not just a career but a calling.​

 

This transition from military life to the beauty industry was not straightforward. It involved navigating a landscape far removed from the structured environment of the military. Yet, it was through this journey that Mihyon recognized the potential of the beauty industry as a viable and fulfilling career path for veterans. The beauty industry, with its diverse roles and creative opportunities, offers something unique: a new mission for those who've served. It's a field where discipline, attention to detail, and the ability to work under pressure—hallmarks of military training—translate into excellence.

As of my last update in April 2023, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reported that on a single night in January 2022, approximately 33,136 veterans were experiencing homelessness in the United States. This figure comes from the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress 

 

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Why Advocate for this Cause?

The answer lies in the numbers and narratives. Approximately 200,000 service members transition to civilian life each year, many of whom face significant challenges in translating their military skills into civilian job opportunities. The beauty industry, however, is vast and growing, with a constant demand for new talent and an entrepreneurial spirit that aligns well with the qualities of many veterans. Mihyon's personal journey underscores the broader potential for veterans in this industry, offering a path to financial stability, personal fulfillment, and the chance to leverage their unique skills in new, creative ways.

Mihyon's advocacy for the Veterans Beauty Professionals Organization (VBPO) is fueled by a commitment to facilitate a seamless transition for veterans and their families from military to civilian life, specifically within the beauty industry. Her mission centers on providing comprehensive guidance, training, and support to ensure these individuals not only find their footing but also thrive in their new careers. It's about fostering a nurturing community where learning and opportunities abound, all rooted in the shared experience of service and the pursuit of new beginnings in the beauty sector.

For military members and their families, for veterans with an honorable discharge.

The U.S. Department of Defense reports that there are approximately 1.3 million active-duty servicemembers across the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. The number of family members, including spouses and dependent children, is larger, as each servicemember might have multiple family members. Estimates suggest there could be over 2 million family members when considering spouses and dependent children. 

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