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Not only can they belt out a great “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” they also created such initiatives as their “Boots in Suits” drives, where veterans can find gently worn suits to help ease their way into the workforce.
The New York City-based troupe was the brainstorm of Ali Reeder, a 29-year-old singer/songwriter.
She met her husband, a Marine, during Fleet Week five years ago while entertaining on his ship.
“We had a long-distance relationship, and when he got out of the service, we got married,” she says.
After seeing his challenging transition into civilian life, Reeder started the Bombshells, and what began as a trio — with her in it — is now an ensemble of eight without her.
(She’s still its CEO.) This year, the group’s launching its first-ever calendar (available at the end of November for at and The Pentagon gift shop), featuring solo portraits plus group shots to round out the year.
“I have such beautiful women on my team, and people have always asked us to make one,” Reeder says.
“So I just caved.” In honor of Veterans Day, meet some of the patriotic pinups striking a pose from the 2015 calendar.
Age: 26 Hails from: Long Island Dating status: Won’t say Favorite song to perform: “God Bless America” Along with founder Ali Reeder, Bertash is one of the original American Bombshells, a gig that’s taken her all around this country and even to Japan.
She says the highlight so far was a Wounded Warrior event three years ago, where she befriended a veteran with a prosthetic limb.
He took off a black bracelet emblazoned with the word “Integrity” and asked her to keep it.