MISSION – Our mission is to prevent homelessness for female veterans. We do this by providing critical tools, education, services and training to military women in order to strengthen their social and economic status, and to enhance and increase their personal and financial prosperity. We are a resource and outreach for women veterans and their families.

VISION – Our vision is a nation of financially secure and prosperous active duty service members and veterans.

GOAL – The goal of Veterans Preference is to educate our military women in income and wealth building strategies to help increase and secure their finances, as well as the financial well-being of their future generations. Once their finances are secure, we will assist them in reaping the rewards of what they fought so hard for – a safe and secure home for themselves and their families.

OBJECTIVES – We expand financial education and outreach to the military community. Participants in our programs will acquire the skills and knowledge needed to make informed and effective decisions about their finances and their lives. They will be provided with job, career, and entrepreneurial training, financial and homeownership education and training. At the end of a successful first phase of instruction and training with us, the participants will be able to take advantage of opportunities such as small business creation, an increase in finances, and the purchase of a home.

We are striving to become the leading economic advocate for our active military and veterans. We work in tandem with cities and counties, community leaders, public and private sector agencies, foundations and corporations, to deliver financial education, training and other services to our military community.

Safe And Sound At Home (SASAH)
From Boot Camp to Business Owner
Transitional to Permanent Housing


  • DELORES KOROKOUS, served twenty- five years in the US Army and retired July 1, 2003, with the rank of Sergeant First Class-E7. She was the recipient of Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medals, Medal of Merit and US Army Top Recruiter Medal. She is the founder/ CEO of Waters of Jordan Enrichment Center Inc, a 501c3 human service organization located in Normal Heights, San Diego. The Center provides a variety of services to include women group meetings and Improving your Self- Esteem classes.

  • GILBERT R. HARLAN, MBA, is a financial services professional at New York Life with over 23 years of experience. He graduated from Prairie View A&M University of Texas in 1975 with a Degree in Political Science. He received his Master of Business Administration in Management Accounting with emphasis in Financial Management in 1989, from National University. He served as a Commissioned United States Naval Officer, in the Surface Warfare community, with twenty-four years of active and reserve service. He retired as a Commander. He is a specialist in Retirement, Small Business, and Estate Planning. Over the years he has helped many business owners, and individuals achieve their financial goals. Gil is a member of NAIFA (National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors). He sits on several local boards of organizations and charities. He is the Finance Chair and Treasurer of the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA Board of Managers.

  • Rae Russell, Coach Rae Russell, a Navy veteran, began her financial services career with Primerica in 1996 while she was still in the military. She attained her state insurance license and held a Series 6 and 63 investment license for many years. She branded herself as "The Financial Coach" because she wanted to educate people on how to play and win at the money game. Over the years, she has successfully educated and mentored thousands of families throughout the state of California and beyond. Coach Rae is the Founder of Financial Coach 4U and Global Financial Literacy, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization providing financial literacy classes and workshops for churches, service members and veterans, and the general community. She provides that well needed financial education for active duty service members prior to their transition out of the military.

    Rae is also the Director of the Veteran Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Chapter, where they provide support and resources to veterans and their families. The chamber focuses on collaborative efforts rather than just a membership.

    She has committed her life to teaching financial literacy from youth to seasoned citizens.