If you remember a few days ago SpouseBuzz editor Amy Bushatz posted a smear on military.com’s site about Gina Elise and the Pin-Ups for Vets organization. I took her to task not just because she saw it fit to whine that dog forbid military men be exposed to *GASP!* sexy women other than their wives, but also besmirch this worthwhile, tasteful organization as nothing but “some busty veteran supporting pin-up girls” who are apparently committing the horrid crime of using flirtation, titillation, and sex appeal to cheer up men!
Today, Gina Elise was invited to post a rebuttal on SpouseBuzz. Tasteful as usual, Gina described the work Pin-Ups for Vets does, the pride these strong, beautiful women feel at being able to help our wounded warriors. She didn’t castigate Bushatz, although, as far as I’m concerned, she had every reason to do so. She simply showed herself to be a class act.
We are very aware that our military spouses sacrifice much while their loved ones are deployed. Pin-Ups For Vets has pampered a number of military wives with glamorous makeovers, clothing, photo shoots, gift certificates, and dinner to help show our appreciation to these special ladies. Our local news stations have captured these touching events where our military spouses often weep because they have given so much to others, but often neglect themselves.
Many of our Pin-Ups For Vets Ambassadors openly say that their service with us has greatly improved and enriched their own lives. Our Veteran volunteers love serving their fellow Veterans. The VA hospital patients just open up to them, once they realize that the pin-ups have also served our country. Our ladies’ hearts are in the right places. Whether they are single or married, they are committed to joining us as beautiful Pin-Ups For Vets Ambassadors because they know that they can make a difference in the Veteran and Military communities.
I appreciate the fact that Gina was allowed to present her side of the story. She deserves a chance to show the organization as more than just a band of busty females wiggling in the faces of married men!
But at the same time, I still think Bushatz owes Gina and the PUFV Ambassadors an apology – a public one. She’s certainly entitled to her opinion, as she says.
Editor’s note: Some SpouseBuzz readers felt my original Pin-Up for Vets post was unfair. That post was an opinion piece and I stand by it. But at SpouseBuzz we also realize that there are two sides to every coin, which is why we are always open to running a post highlighting the other side of any given story.
Oh, she stands by it? Sorry, but painting an organization that objectively has done a lot of good, has entertained and supported our troops, and has been honored for its work with veterans as a bunch of borderline whores is not an “opinion.” It’s libelous, disgusting, and petty. While it’s perfectly acceptable to spew forth the opinion that there must be better ways to help the troops (without offering any worthwhile, unique, or imaginative suggestions), it is not acceptable to belittle those who have stepped up and done so much good as little more than vapid hookers.
Bushatz owes Gina an apology. That’s my opinion, and I stand by it.