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A Note From Gina Elise and a "Thank You" For Supporting America's Hospitalized Veterans!
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.
I came up with the idea to recreate a nostalgic pin-up calendar that would serve three 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 2020 calendar is our 14th edition, and features 19 female Veterans posing as pin-ups!
To date, we have donated over $70,000 worth of state-of-the-art rehab equipment for VA & Military hospitals nationwide. We are also in the middle of a 50-state VA and Military hospital tour where we bring in donated calendars as gifts of appreciation to our hospitalized Veterans and Wounded Warriors. We have individually visited over 14,000 ill and injured Veterans at their bedsides in 71 VA Hospitals, Military hospitals & State Veterans Homes in 32 states across the US.
We have visited our Wounded Warriors at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. We have also done morale-boosting visits to our service members at 24 military bases.
Our organization has received Congressional Recognition and numerous community service awards. Our troops have flown 10 flags over military bases and on missions in Iraq and Afghanistan in honor of the work we do to support our Nation's Heroes.
The Chief of Volunteer Services at the Oklahoma Hospital VA writes, “The impact of the time you took to providing a smile, good conversation, and most importantly, the recognition to our valuable veterans is not expressible by mere words. Your visit was simply the best visit I have been a part of since my beginning as Voluntary Services Chief.”
A recreational therapist at the Los Angeles VA Hospital writes about our visit, “Overall the Veterans’ quality of life increases and their spirits are so uplifted. I personally can see an improvement in their cognitive, physical, and social functioning. Still to this day, the Vets talk about the day when the lovely ladies came to visit, and they absolutely love their calendars which are hung all over their rooms.”