|Allaina Guitron, newly crowned Ms. Veteran America, listens as country singer star Ricky Lee sings to her at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne Oct. 13. Times-Mirror Photo/Doug Stroud|
The second annual Ms. Veteran America competition was held Oct. 13 to honor women in uniform and raise funds for homeless female veterans and their children.
The National Conference Center in Lansdowne hosted the event showcasing the femininity, grace, poise, beauty and talents that can be camouflaged during women's military service.
Final Salute Inc., the only non-profit organization providing housing for homeless women veterans and their children in the D.C. metropolitan area, will receive the proceeds. Since opening their first home in November 2011, the organization has helped more than 100 women veterans and children in need of housing and financial assistance to prevent homelessness.
|Lieutenant Colonel Justin Constantine stands alongside Denyse Gordon, Ms. Veteran America 2012, during an emotional speech delivered by one of guest speakers Oct. 13. Times-Mirror Photo/Doug Stroud|
|The three finalists are announced at the 2013 Ms. Veteran America Pageant, from left, Kerri Brantley, Army National Guard in Maryland; Allaina Guitron, Army, Odenton, Md.; and Elizabeth Luras, Army, Auburn, Wash. Times-Mirror Photo/Doug Stroud|
|Kerri Brantley, Army, receives the Hot Mommas Award from Kathy Korman Frey, founder The Hot Mommas Project, during the Ms. Veteran America competition at the National Conference Center in Lansdowne Oct. 13. Times-Mirror Photo/Doug Stroud|
|Representing the Native American Women Warriors Color Guard during the 2013 Ms. Veteran America are, from left, retired Navy Lt. Cmdr. Jenel Turner of Cheyenne/Blackfeet in Waldorf, Md.; Army Sgt. Donise Red Horn of Standing Rock Hunkpapa Sioux Dakota in Fort Yates, N.D.; retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Mitchelene Big Man, president and founder of Native American Women Warriors group and a Ms. Veteran America contestant from Crow Pueblo, Colo.; Navy Seaman Josie Porter of Crow Agency, Mont.; and Army 2nd Lt. Lena Nells of Cheyenne Arapaho Kickapoo Navajo in Moodys Okla. Times-Mirror Photo/Doug Stroud|
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