"Here She Comes, Ms. Veteran America and Her Army," October 2012, Denyse Gordon, 39, a U.S. Air Force veteran and Gladys Hughes, 89, WWII Coast Guard veteran, hold hands at the end of the pageant, waiting for the winner to be announced.
In October of 2012, 39 women from across the United States gathered to compete in a beauty and talent competition. While such events are ubiquitous in America, what set this one apart was the fact that all contestants were veterans from all branches of the U.S. Military. Some were active duty, some reserve, some retired, officers, enlisted- and they ranged in age from 21 to 89 years old. Ms. Veteran America, the first event of its kind, was conceived as a charity function with the idea of showcasing the female veterans talents beyond the uniform, unironically.
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