published : 2023-09-23
USAF Veteran Poses as ‘40s Pinup Model to Combat Personal Demons: ‘Far Bigger Than Me’
Physicist Sarah Lamp is featured in the 2024 Pin-Ups for Vets calendar
Renowned physicist and United States Air Force veteran, Sarah Lamp, has defied expectations and embarked on an extraordinary journey to combat her personal demons.
Her latest achievement, being featured as Miss September 2024 in the Pin-Ups for Vets calendar, showcases her resilience and determination.
Pin-Ups for Vets, a nonprofit founded by Gina Elise, aims to support hospitalized and deployed troops by producing WWII-inspired bombshell calendars featuring female veterans as models.
For Lamp, participating in this empowering project was both terrifying and liberating, as she bravely confronted her own anxiety and depression.
She hopes that her photos will serve as inspiration for others who are struggling with their mental health, shining a spotlight on a topic that is often stigmatized and overlooked.
Growing up, Lamp was inspired by her father's love for the military, even though he himself couldn't serve due to physical limitations.
During her deployment to Afghanistan in 2016, Lamp experienced firsthand the challenges and hardships faced by both military personnel and the local Afghan people.
Upon her return to civilian life, Lamp battled depression and anxiety, struggling to find her place in the world outside of the military.
It was during this time that Lamp crossed paths with Gina Elise, the founder of Pin-Ups for Vets, and found solace in the camaraderie and support of fellow models who had served in the military.
Pin-Ups for Vets has been making a difference since its inception in 2006, having donated over $100,000 to help veterans with their healthcare and rehabilitation needs across the country.
Lamp's participation in the 2024 Pin-Ups for Vets calendar symbolizes her triumph over adversity, and she hopes to continue supporting and advocating for veterans in any way she can.
Her journey serves as a testament to resilience and the power of using one's experiences to make a meaningful impact on the lives of others.