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Kappa Epsilon Psi ‘H.U.M.s’ the tune of sisterhood

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Military Sorority Kappa Epsilon Psi was on hand to help with the festivities of VA Medical Center Ladies Night Feb. 27.

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The Northern Virginia Chapter of Kappa Epsilon Psi gave a hand to help serve and sort at the Stand Up for Women Vets May 9.

Under the three-pronged guiding core principles of HUM: Honoring the Past, Uniting current service members and Mentoring future leadership, Kappa Epsilon Psi looks to offer military women a place to belong.

Kappa Epsilon Psi was founded by Shica Hill and Moneka Smith-Daley in 2011. Membership is open to all DoD branches, active duty separated and retired who served honorably, as well as college-level cadets in the ROTC.

Kappa Epsilon Psi chapters can be found in Hawaii, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia (Northern and Southern) with members to be found throughout the country and the world, including Germany, Japan, and Korea.

“We all face challenged in life and it’s good to have a sisterhood where we have common ground,” said Monisha Barnes, a member of Kappa Epsilon Psi.

“We come from a plethora of backgrounds – officers and enlisted – different parts of the world. We come to together to continue to serve,” Barnes added.

Kappa Epsilon Psi is dedicated to participating in events not only those service veterans but also events that serve their local communities.

Recently the organization held a school backpack drive, challenging each local chapter, as a way to give to each local schools and communities. They researched local schools to find those with the most need.

“We’re all about giving back either through resources or our time; sometimes people just need an extra hand with things,” Barnes said.

Barnes, herself a transplant to Maryland from Seattle, speaks of the sisterhood, “No matter where you find yourself you always have a family to embrace you and bring you in. I remember when I discovered Kappa Epsilon Psi and decided to join. I’ve had nothing but the best time. My sisterhood and circle of friends have blossomed. I see them as family – like I’ve been here for years. They embraced me and I embraced them. I really love what we do.”

The organization can be seen at numerous events throughout the metropolitan area. Recently, they volunteered at the Air Show on Joint Base Andrews. They will be joining the military fraternity Kappa Lambda Chi for the Veterans Day Parade in New York City.

The organization seeks to lend a hand with numerous charitable and service events throughout the region such as Habitat for Humanity, the Army 10-miler, or in several areas feeding kitchens such as So Other Might Eat and the DC Kitchen. In keeping with the core value of honoring the past, the organization also lays wreaths in Arlington Cemetery in December.

Kappa Epsilon Psi is currently developing several mentoring programs and career track programs with plans to roll them out next year.

For more information about membership in Kappa Epsilon Psi, visit www.militarysorority.com.