Must See: ‘Pin-Ups For Vets’ Brings Back Stunning WWII Styled Photos For A GREAT Cause
Founder of ‘Pin-Ups For Vets’ Gina Elise says a large number of the women seen in her calendars are in fact U.S. veterans continuing to support their fellow soldiers. Their main mission is to help with health expenses not covered by the VA.
The non-profit has created a beautiful and classy display of women posing in 1940s style clothing. To date, Pin-Ups for Vets has donated more than $60,000 to help VA Hospitals purchase new therapy equipment while providing financial assistance for veterans’ health care program expansion across the United States.
Pin-Ups for Vets is also helping female veterans in another way, helping with their visibility in the military — but also helping them reclaim their femininity post-service. Elise said many of the female veterans she works with feel unseen because of their gender, and she hopes the calendar becomes a way for them to tell their stories.
“The calendars become a way for the female veterans to tell their stories and for the general population to think twice about who a female veteran is,” Elise said. “We turn the ladies into WWII pin-ups, and people ask, ‘Wait, they’re veterans?’ and want to know about these women and start asking where they served and when they served.”
Elise says she was inspired by the memorable WWII art painting on the side of fighter planes. She adds, “People ask me all the time how the “Pin-Ups For Vets” calendar project came to be.”
“In 2006, I started seeing news articles about under-funded Veterans’ healthcare programs. Then, there were stories about older Veterans who lay in bed day after day, never receiving any visitors. Reports started surfacing on TV about the severe injuries sustained by our troops fighting in Iraq.”
“The more I heard about the uphill battles of our Wounded Warriors, the more convinced I was of the need to produce a project that would bring in funds to support all of our hospitalized Veterans.”
“My late Grandpa Lou served in the Army for 4 years during World War II. I wanted to do something to honor his name. I always loved the romance of those bygone eras – especially the 1940’s – and I drew inspiration from the World War II pin-up girls, whose photos and paintings boosted morale for our soldiers fighting overseas. “
Elise says she came up with the idea to serve three main purposes:
1. The calendars would be sold to raise funds for our hospitalized Veterans.
2. The calendars would be delivered as gifts to our ill and injured Veterans with messages of appreciation from the donors.
3. The calendars would be sent to our deployed troops to help boost morale and to let them know that Americans back home are thinking of them.
The results are just stunning. Take a look:
In a time where femininity is shamed under the guise of ‘feminism’, it’s just nice to see these women celbrating themselves and supporting our troops. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
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