BattleBetty Foundation is the journey of a Marine and the unwavering support of her Blue Star Mom. BattleBetty was started in 2018 by DeAndria Hardy, with a focus on providing support for fellow women veterans. Initially programming only including Peer Support meetings occurring in spare classrooms or coffee houses around Spartanburg. With DeAndria's mom, Karen, providing everything from encouraging support, transportation, snacks, to motherly hugs for any fellow veteran in need.
Over time, BattleBetty Foundation grew to providing essential items for women in need at homeless veteran stand downs after realizing the glaring gaps in items available for women. BattleBetty began providing hygiene kits and preforming street outreach.
DeAndria L. Hardy
Corporal, United States Marine Corps
DeAndria is a 90% service disabled veteran who served in the Marine Corps until 2014 when she was Honorably Discharged. Shortly after leaving the Marine Corps she found herself experiencing severe Post Traumatic Stress symptoms and unable to reconnect to her family and friends. The downward spiral led to self-isolation, joblessness and homelessness.
That all began to change in 2017. With the unwavering support of her mother, Karen and the mentorship of Mike Zacchea, Marine Corps Lt. Col (ret) thru the Entrepreneur Bootcamp for Veteran with Disabilities she found a new passion and purpose. Through her own journey she had a unique understanding of the challenges women deal with post-service while seeking support and resources. She made the commitment to her follow Women Veterans to be the support they need.
Fairfield Magnet School of Math & Science
GLEAMS-LIHEAP of Spartanburg County
BattleBetty Foundation is a certified 501(c)(3), registered in the State of South Carolina and with the Internal Revenue Service. We are committed to transparency and the careful stewardship of the resources generously provided by our valued donors, funders, sponsors, and volunteers.