With Veteran’s Day quickly approaching this coming Monday, November 11, 2013, we dedicate this post to all the Veterans who served our country. Pin-Ups For Vets is one of the many nonprofit organizations that gives back to Veterans and they do it in a very special and personalized way. Every year, Pin-Ups for Vets holds a fundraiser in which nostalgic pin-up calendars are put together and sold to raise funds for our nation’s hospitalized vets. The calendars are also delivered as gifts to our ill and injured veterans with personal messages of appreciation from the donors. In addition, the calendars are mailed out to our troops to help boost morale and let them know that Americans back home are thinking of them. Proceeds from each year are donated to VA and military hospitals across the United States to help these hospitals expand their healthcare programs.
Pin-Up For Vets’ creator, Gina Elise started her calendar project back in 2007 and was inspired to do so by reading and hearing about the uphill battles of our Wounded Warriors. As she read stories about older Vets who lay in bed all day, never receiving visitors, or the under-funded Veterans’ healthcare programs, and reports about the severely injured troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, she was convinced to produce an organization that would bring in funds to support all of our hospitalized Veterans. Gina’s grandfather served in the army for four years during World War II, which fueled her inspiration furthermore. She wanted to do something in his honor and incorporate her love for the romance of the 1940’s. She drew inspirations from the WWII pin-up girl photographs and paintings and thus, her calendar project was made.
Pin-Ups For Vets has received numerous county community service awards and has been recognized by Oprah Winfrey, as well as deployed troops, who have flown nine U.S. flags over military bases in honor of the work that the organization has done to improve the lives of America’s service members.
(PHOTOS COURTESY OF FACEBOOK.COM/PINUPSFORVETS & PINUPSFORVETS.COM)
Check out Pin-Ups For Vets website at http://www.pinupsforvets.com for more information and be sure to thank a veteran this coming Veteran’s Day! To all our veterans, we salute you!