So I know I posted the pic and story of Vanessa Dobos a bit back, but I also came across this and it just makes me happy as hell.

Jill Stevens is a medic with the Army National Guard (she joined six months before 9/11) and was recruited to participate in the Miss Utah pageant…which she won this year!  So now she’s up for Miss America. No shit.  Check her out.  Talk about being an inspiration!


And here she is in Afghanistan…


For once I’ll actually be watching the pageant, and rooting for her long and loud!  If you’d like to read more about her, check out this link: