A photo recently popped up in my facebook feed and unlike many others, I decided to look into the validity of the photo before sharing it. The post is shown below along with the photo and some comments. Unfortunately, the photo is not a group of disabled combat Veterans as some are led to believe. Still, the image below has been shared more than 19,000 times. It appears that someone saw the photo and possibly assumed that the females were disabled Veterans and shared the image.
The photo is actually part of an important photo shoot of Brazilian females who are amputees which is being done for a good cause. According to several websites that posted information about the photo shoot earlier this year, the female models got together in February, 2015 to create a calendar as part of a fundraising effort to help raise money for other amputees who cannot afford the prosthetic devices they need. The calendar is supposed to be released in 2016.
In the end, the photo is still an important one and was part of an effort to raise money for worthy cause, but please don’t continue to share it as a group of female combat Veterans.
If you would like to read the article which was published earlier this year about the original photo shoot, a reader was kind enough to send us the link via the page comments. The article on pavablog.com is translated into English on this page.
Here is another image being shared right now with the text: “Let’s not forget our wounded female Veterans. Respect”
If you would like to learn more about Female Veterans, check out these websites:
- American women Veterans
- Women Veterans Rock
- Grace After Fire
- Disabled Veterans National Foundation Women Veteran Resources
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Center for Women Veterans