Corporate Veteran Initiative: Connecting Military Spouses to Their Community
Updated: Nov 16, 2020
Christina Gamache is a financial planner of AUDAX Wealth Management in Anchorage, Alaska with nearly 20 years of financial and wealth management experience. As the daughter of an Army officer, Christina has been a part of a military family her entire life. She is an Air Force spouse, and her sister served in the Marines and the Air Force. As she has moved to many different towns supporting her husband while continuing her career, Christina states that she has “[learned] so much from the other military spouses…[as] they are the most resilient, caring and amazing people [she knows.] [Her] sister-in-law, for example, homeschools four kids, cooks the most delicious foods you've ever had. She has the biggest smile, all the while worrying about the welfare of my brother's unit halfway around the world. [She] know[s] spouses who are fighting for social justice, caring for patients, running businesses, and putting out fires. Military spouses are the anchors and cornerstones of our nation's military. [Her] story is just one drop in a sea of voices that support America's warriors.” She connected with America’s Warrior Partnership (AWP) after participating in a virtual Corporate Veteran Initiative (CVI) presentation to the employee resource group for veterans and family members within one of AWP’s partner corporations.
COVID-19 had just reached national awareness when Christina learned about CVI. Christina expressed an urgent determination to volunteer her time and resources to ensure that we were assisting as many active duty service members, veterans, and their families as possible. This was also while she chose to open her own wealth management firm after 15 years. She recognized her ability to help serve clients’ needs and help “change the way people talk and think about wealth,” while still serving her military community.
COVID-19 had just reached national awareness when Christina learned about CVI. Christina expressed an urgent determination to volunteer her time and resources to ensure that we were assisting as many active duty service members, veterans, and their families as possible.
After engaging with CVI, Christina learned about an opportunity to combine her passion for giving back to her veteran community and using her financial expertise to support the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson area in Anchorage, Alaska. AWP connected her with one of their Community Integration affiliate organizations, the Alaska Coalition for Veterans and Military Families (AKCVMF). AKCVMF offered Christina a position on their Board of Directors. As a member of the board, Christina now assists the organization with general oversight.
For the past five years, AWP’s annual Community Integration survey has revealed the majority of veterans and their families want to give back to their community. The CVI is helping connect military-related employees to opportunities just like this story. AWP is proud to congratulate Christina on her appointment to AKCVMF’s Board of Directors and opening her own private wealth management firm, AUDAX Wealth Management. Christina’s desire to serve the military community is an inspiration for us all. Her story is a great example of what happens when we band together to make a difference.
About the Corporate Veteran Initiative
America’s Warrior Partnership’s Corporate Veteran Initiative (CVI) empowers businesses to develop and implement workplace solutions to enable veterans to thrive in their careers and become valuable assets to their employers. The Corporate Veteran Initiative accomplishes this by providing businesses with insights, guidance, and training to improve engagement of veterans in the workplace through a three-phase approach: Assess a company’s current workplace culture; Serve veteran employees through a customized veteran-engagement program; and Retain veteran employees by providing long-term guidance and support for both the company and employees.
For more information about CVI, contact Josh Wilson, 706-306-1283 or firstname.lastname@example.org.