Parthenia Warford spent most of her career in the United States Army. She loved it and misses her Army family more and more.
But life wasn't always easy. She had her first daughter in high school and struggled to make ends meet.
But with support from her family and Army colleagues, she went on to work for intelligence and security officers.
Now, Warford says it's time to give back.
So she started the Warford Foundation in 2009 to help other young women in her position.
“The work I do, the lives I've touched, you never know until somebody sends you a letter or a note on Facebook,” she says.
Warford suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and is now on permanent disability. Because of that, she knew who specifically she wanted to help with her foundation.
“I've always had a passion for nurses because that's who provides most of my care at every doctor’s appointment. The doctors are important but nurses are the heart,” she says.
So she pays for the textbooks for single mothers who are nursing students. In addition, the foundation hosts wounded warrior golf tournaments, children’s coat drives, holiday parties and sponsors a fourth grade class each year in Southeast D.C.
As for the nursing scholarship, the first awardee was Luwen Bent, who has an 11-year-old son. They are now like family to Warford.
“She just loves me - she calls me mom,” Warford says.