Pin-Ups for Vets is now taking orders for its 2017 calendar. Inspired by World War II-era pin-ups, this year's calendar features 24 veterans posing in the 1940's style.
As always, funds from sales of the calendar help purchase new rehabilitation equipment for VA Hospitals, and will be delivered to ill and injured Veterans in VA and Military hospitals, in State Veterans Homes, and to Veterans in homeless shelters, and will also be shipped to deployed troops around the world.
Founder and CEO Gina Elise (herself the granddaughter of a WWII veteran) has been making efforts to increase the number of veterans featured over the last few years and, this year, a social media casting call recruited her best crop of veterans to date.
She also managed to land a real modern celebrity: video blogger and fashion influencer Dulce Candy (pictured above) has over 2.1 million subscribers on her YouTube channel. She's also an Army veteran whose family entered the country illegally back in 1994 when she was a small child. She later became a citizen and served in the U.S. Army from 2006 until 2011 as both an active duty soldier and a reservist. She was a mechanic and a driver during her tour of duty in Iraq.
Dulce Candy first generated controversy when she was recruited by Fox News to ask Republican candidates a question via video at a February debate: “There are many immigrants who contribute positively to the American economy, but some of the comments in the campaign make us question our place in this country. If America does not seem like a welcoming place for immigrant entrepreneurs, will the American economy suffer?” (That's the debate that nominee Donald Trump skipped for his veterans fundraiser, so her question went to Ben Carson instead.)
This week, she was one of the veterans who spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
If you've never heard of her, ask a young woman who's into fashion. She's famous.
You can order the calendar for $15 with free shipping from the Pin-Ups for Vets online store. Past versions of the calendar and other military-themed merchandise are available and you can donate to provide free calendars to active-duty military and veterans. Check out more images from the calendar below:
Kaleah (Army 6 years 8 months)
Jacqlyn (USAF Reserve 8 years)
Daisy (Army 5 years)
Fernanda (Army 8 years 6 month) & Nicolle (USMC 4 years)