Title: Founder, Director
Company: Aura Home Women Vets
Location: Asheville, North Carolina, United States
Alyce Marie Knaflich, Founder and Director of the Aura Home Women Vets, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in human services.
Ms. Knaflich is a 20-year United States Army veteran who has dedicated the last seven years to providing housing, retraining, and support to female veterans struggling with homelessness as the founder and director of Aura Home Women Vets. After retiring from active duty in the early 1990s at the rank of Staff Sergeant, Ms. Knaflich enrolled at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, graduating in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in poultry biotechnology. Shortly after entering the agricultural industry, an illness left her disabled, homeless and fighting for veterans’ disability benefits for nearly 10 years. After finally securing full benefits, Ms. Knaflich began to supplement her income by offering pet sitting services, helping her return to financial stability.
In 2014, Ms. Knaflich established Aura Home Women Vets, a nonprofit providing temporary housing, career training, financial literacy, and military skills conversion education to women veterans in a seven-county region of North Carolina. Dedicated to honoring the service and specific needs of women veterans, Aura Home Women Vets works with the North Carolina state homeless coalition and local organizations to help ensure that no one has to endure what Ms. Knaflich did. In recognition of her work on behalf of the women Aura Home Women Vets serves, Ms. Knaflich was named NAC VAVS Female Volunteer of the Year in 2014 and AMVETS Volunteer of the Year in 2015. She credits her success to her compassion and organizational skills and hopes to expand the reach of Aura Home’s programming in the coming years.
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