A few months ago I was approached by friend and photographer, Eric J at Digital Studios in Newburgh, about participating in a retro 1940's Pin-Up calendar that, once completed, would be sold with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Of course I was on board immediately! How much fun would it be  to dress up, put on my favorite red high heels, and have photos taken on the USS LST 325, a piece of US history that resides right here in Evansville?! What an amazing experience! Having grown up in the Tri-state, I knew about the LST. I had seen the LST. But I had never been ON the LST! What a beautiful piece of our country's past!

Here's a shot of me:


Take a look at Kori!


Doesn't she look great?


Now that I'm done reminiscing about my red high heels, and matching lipstick... This calendar project with Eric at Digital Studios is very special to me. My dad served in the US Army for 21 years, including during the Vietnam War. My brother was a Marine... IS a Marine (once a Marine, always a Marine. Hoo-Ra!) during the first Gulf Conflict in the 80's. I have countless friends who have served over seas since the September 11th attacks. I have witnessed first hand the physical and emotional scars that war can leave behind. One young man that I know has received not one but TWO Purple Hearts for his service to our country. Let me give you a little bit of information about the Wounded Warrior Project.

Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) exists to honor and empower wounded warriors who incurred service-connected injures on or after September 11, 2001. On that date, America watched in horror as approximately 3,000 people died including hundreds of firefighters and rescue workers.

The tragic events of Sept. 11 are often the reason warriors say they felt a sense of duty to volunteer for the military. These individuals chose to defend our country, and that is why we honor them.

Sept. 11 also served as a catalyst for conflicts Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Operation Iraqi Freedom refers to military operations in Iraq that began March 19, 2003 and officially ended August 31, 2010. Operation Enduring Freedom refers to combat operations in Afghanistan and other regions in support of the Global War on Terror.

With advancements in battlefield medicine and body armor, an unprecedented percentage of service members are surviving severe wounds or injuries. For every U.S. soldier killed in World Wars I and II, there were 1.7 soldiers wounded. In Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, for every U.S. soldier killed, seven are wounded. Combined, there have been almost 42,000 injured in the two conflicts – nearly 32,000 injured in Operation Iraqi Freedom and nearly 10,000 in Operation Enduring Freedom.

With the mission to honor and empower wounded warriors, WWP is the hand extended to encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve warriors with every type of injury – from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.


You can see how I would be excited to be a part of this great event! By now you may be wondering WHERE? or HOW? you can get a calendar for yourself. Don't fear! I have all of the details!

  • Calendars are available online!
  • This Friday, December 3rd  - Digital Studios will be hosting a benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project. $10 gets you a ticket to the event taking place at the American Legion in Newburgh, IN The participating models will be on hand to SIGN your calendars!

You can pick up your 2012 1940's Pin-Up Calendar OR tickets for the event this Saturday night by visiting MyDigitalStudios.com