Pin Ups for Vets just dropped their 2019 calendar and it rocks

Matt Saintsing
June 26, 2018 - 11:58 am

Photo Courtesy of Pin Ups for Vets

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For the past 13 years, the nonprofit group Pin-Ups for Vets has raised cash for VA clinics, injured and sick veterans, troops deployed downrange, and military spouses, all by selling calendars that feature women veterans modeling threads of a bygone era.

This year, founder Gina Elise has enlisted the help of 19 models who proudly wear their veteran-status and show off their femininity in the organization’s 13th annual calendar. The photos featured this year were shot aboard the Queen Mary, a historic WWII-era ship that transported hundreds of thousands of troops across the Atlantic.

“Fans of Art Deco will appreciate the look of the upcoming calendar that reflects the vintage glamour of this 1936 cruise liner,” said Elise, who launched Pin-Ups for Vets in 2006 to honor her grandfather, a WWII veteran.

This year’s models, or "Ambassadors," as Elise refers to them, are a diverse mix, which include a combat medic, intelligence veterans, a candidate for Mrs. America and an above-the-knee amputee Marine Corps vet. One Ambassador, Army veteran Linsay Rousseau sees her participation in the calendar as a way to celebrate empowerment, while striving for gender equality, both in the ranks and among veterans. 

“It can be so difficult as a female service member to feel empowered in her beauty without feeling like she may betray the professionalism of her uniform when we only seek to be treated like our male counterparts,” said Linsay Rousseau, an Army veteran who served as a combat photographer in Iraq.

“I love that I can be part of a group of extraordinary female vets and also give back to veterans.”

More than $58,000 has been raised by Pin-Ups for Vets and donated to help VA hospitals buy new equipment, and to give veterans financial assistance throughout the nation.

The 2019 calendar can be purchased online here for $15, or by mailing a check to: Pin-Ups For Vets, PO Box 33, Claremont, CA 91711.

Elise was kind enough to share some photos of the models dressed as pin ups, and in serving in uniform. Click here to see the photo gallery.