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'Pin-Ups for Vets' to Hold Photo Shoot at Manhattan Beach Pier

May 23, 2024 07:13PM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Dianna (Army), Vera (USAF and Navy), Julia (USAF), and Vana (USMC). Photo via Pin-Ups for Vets

Head down to the Manhattan Beach Pier on Friday morning and you'll see... female veterans posing in colorful 1940's-era fashions? Yes, the nonprofit Pin-Ups For Vets organization will be shooting the cover of its 2025 calendar with its models on the Manhattan Beach Pier at 10:30 a.m. 

This will be the Pin-Ups for Vets' 19th annual calendar, which is sold as a fundraiser to support VA Hospitals, ill and injured veterans, homeless veterans, deployed troops and military spouses.

(Jovane, a USMC veteran. Photo via Pin-Ups for Vets.)

The 2025 calendar will feature 13 outstanding female veterans from across the country with a combined 117 years of military service in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard.

From two Purple Heart recipients, to a pilot who flew Seahawks in the Navy, to an Army Lt. Colonel who served 39 months total on three Iraq deployments, these veterans say that they aim to prove that brave is beautiful.

(Shannon, a Navy veteran. Photo via Pin-Ups for Vets.)

"I am deeply honored to join the Pin-Ups For Vets family, a cause that resonates profoundly with my experiences and values," said 20-year Army veteran Lt Colonel Olivia Nunn. "As a combat veteran and dedicated advocate for mental health within our veteran community, I've witnessed firsthand the challenges and sacrifices our heroes endure. Pin-Ups For Vets represents more than just a nonprofit; it embodies hope, love, and unwavering support for those who have served."

Nunn continued: "Upon discovering Pin-Ups For Vets and their commitment to raising funds for vital programs while uplifting spirits through their iconic calendar, I felt compelled to sign up for the chance to be a pin-up model. For me, being part of this organization is a heartfelt endeavor to honor the bravery of our servicemen and women, ensuring their sacrifices are never forgotten and providing comfort and camaraderie to those in need. I am deeply humbled and grateful for the opportunity to make a meaningful impact alongside Pin-Ups For Vets, and I am committed to showing our veterans the love and appreciation they deserve.”

(Sianna, USAF veteran. Photo via Pin-Ups for Vets.)

Pin-Ups For Vets has donated more than $120,000 to purchase new rehabilitation equipment for VA hospitals nationwide, and its Pin-Ups For Vets volunteer ambassadors have personally
visited more than 20,000 ill and injured veterans on their 50-state VA hospital tour to deliver gifts of appreciation.

P.S. - While you're down at the pier, take note of the new pier railings that are part of the Pier Replacement Project. The pier will remain open while the railings are being replaced. 

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