It’s not always easy for veterans to assimilate back into society after arriving back home. Things like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can really take a toll on some of these folk, and they need an extra hand getting back on their feet. Luckily, there are caring organizations and individuals who’ve got these veterans’ best interests at heart.
U.S. Army veteran Belita Edwards was forced to retire early from service due to health reasons. Finances weren’t too sound, and she seemed to have trouble adjusting back to civilian life ever since.
In a video uploaded to YouTube, Edwards revealed that, “My hair right now makes me feel very insecure.”
Edwards was chosen for a complete makeover by non-profit initiative Makeovers That Matter, an organization dedicated to helping female veterans find work again.
“My new look will help me, because it will give me the confidence and surety that I look good enough to do what I want to do,” says Edwards. “And to show my kids that I take care of myself.”
In a joint operation, John Paul Mitchell Systems and Makeovers That Matter partnered to give Edwards her much-needed makeover.
In the video, we see some color being added to the ex-vet’s hair, so we can expect an interesting new look. But, what’s most rewarding is not just in seeing Edwards’s new look, but her reaction upon seeing herself in the mirror.
Almost speechless, greatly surprised, and seemingly on the verge of tears, Edwards covers her mouth and can’t believe that she’s really looking at herself in the mirror.
“Wow,” she exclaims. “I don’t recognize myself.
“I love the color. I love the cut. I love the styling. And I love the fact that I’ll be able to maintain it.”
“To me, beauty now means that my outside looks as good as my inside. I’m a good person, I know it, but I haven’t shown that on the outside.
“One word that describes how I feel right now is ‘thankful.’ I’m very appreciative of what was done to me.”
After receiving her almost life-changing makeover, Edwards has much higher self-esteem.
Now that she’s felt what it’s like to undergo such a transformation, Edwards wants to help other female veterans who may be suffering like she once did.
How such a charitable act has helped this lovely lady in life is certainly worth sharing. Kindness really makes the world go round. Share away, people!
Watch Edwards’s transformation here:
Photo Credit: YouTube Screenshot | John Paul Mitchell Systems.