The woman veteran-owned niche publishing and marketing firm Gracefully Global LLC and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) are partnering to help support Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) through a series of children’s books. V-WISE is a national self-employment training program for female veterans and military family members operated by the IVMF.
The first book in the series, “Good Night Captain Mama/Buenas Noches Capitán Mamá” (Gracefully Global Group, 2013), written by award-winning author, female veteran and Gracefully Global founder Graciela Tiscareño-Sato, is the first bilingual children’s picture book to teach young children why mothers and women wear military uniforms. The story provides teachers, parents and caregivers of children ages three to eight with a simple explanation about the complexity of military service.
“I want to ensure that when school children celebrate Veterans Day, images of women proudly serving in uniform are front and center,” says Tiscareño–Sato.
Inspired by a conversation between the author and her four year-old son when he saw her in her U.S. Air Force flight suit, the picture book is beautifully illustrated by Linda Lens, whose father also served in the Air Force.
Proceeds from sales will help support V-WISE, which provides the tools women veterans, active duty and female family members need to become successful entrepreneurs by enabling them to find their passion while learning business-savvy skills to turn ideas or existing businesses into growth ventures. Courses include business planning, marketing, accounting and finance, operations and production, human resources and work-life balance.
“Gracefully Global Group is delighted to support the important mission of V-WISE. I appreciate that V-WISE recognizes the leadership, integrity, focus and drive of women veterans like me. It’s imperative that women leaving the military learn how to create growth ventures with mentors at their side. This creates an entrepreneurship path our lady vets can successfully pursue, to become economic contributors and continue to function as leaders,” says Tiscareño-Sato.
“‘Good Night Captain Mama’ is a book that I would recommend to any service member who is also a parent. It provides a positive outlook on female service members, gives children a better understanding of U.S. Air Force patches and the important role that their mothers play in today’s military. We are happy to support Graciela on this project, and greatly appreciate her support of V-WISE through donated proceeds from the sales of her book,” says Tina M. Kapral, IVMF director of education programs.
“Good Night Captain Mama” will be released nationally on July 4, 2013. It will also be released on Kindle and iPad platforms this summer and via accessible formats through Bookshare.org. Those who pre-order copies directly from the publisher between now and April 22 will have their names listed in the book and on the book’s website. Those who order two or more books will receive embroidered military-style patches based on the book’s cover art.