Molly Mae Potter stood on the stage alongside 24 other women. She wore a long gown that made her feel like a queen, and waited under the bright lights for the name of the winner to be announced.
When she heard her name, she was shocked. As the crown was placed on her head, Potter stared directly into her mother’s eyes and thought, “What on Earth have I gotten myself into?”
This was no average beauty pageant. Potter had just been named Ms. Veteran America 2016 — an honor given each year to one of hundreds of U.S. female veterans who apply to enter the competition. The nonprofit organization highlights the strength, courage, and sacrifice of the country’s military women, and the winner becomes a spokesperson and role model for empowering women everywhere.
Read the full story at http://theweek.com/articles/719687/how-ms-veteran-america-contest-empowers-female-vets