Sorry Internet, These Females Are Not Disabled Veterans


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:


Sources: pavablog.com, globo.com

16 Comments on "Sorry Internet, These Females Are Not Disabled Veterans"

  1. If you want to see another site depicting female Veterans, go to http://www.msveteranamerica.com or check out the Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MsVeteranAmericaWBU?fref=ts! I’m a Top 25 Finalist in this awesome one of a kind competition that honors women Veterans, like myself, and gives us a chance to raise money for our sisters in arms as well as building awareness for issues women in the military face during and after their service!! Check us out! “Like” the Ms Veteran America Facebook page! And read more at http://www.finalsaluteinc.org!!

  2. Alissia Rose-Pait | July 6, 2015 at 1:48 pm | Reply

    As you note, while not veterans (and not their fault they are being used like that), it is a worthwhile cause. And chance you could put a link to their page/effort?

    • Thank you for the comment. We have been unable to find a link to anything other than what appears to be news reports from earlier this year about the photo shoot and how it was to benefit female amputees in their country. As soon as a link or additional information is found, it will be added.

    • Thank you. We will add that link to this page to to let people read the story behind the photo. The photo was part of a photo shoot for a good cause, just not what some assumed it was for.

  3. I looked close at their prosthetics and none looked military issue (top of the line computer knee like mine the rheo hep knee or the c leg. So they aren’t vets

  4. Wow.. gorgeous young ladies. Happy and strong. Thanks for clearing up the misunderstanding.

  5. As an amputee I would ABSOLUTELY LOVE to be apart of that even though I’m not Brazilian lol I would love to find groups of amputees I could speak with share experiences n hear theirs as well I would love to find a group that can help with all the emotions it brings as well GO GIRLS I TRULY RESPECT THIS

  6. Still shared it to support anyone with Amputees. I think it can be used to remind about female vets too. I just wish I had the original link too so I could support both causes.

  7. I know that there must be women amputees out there, there are so many men out there that are really out there this picture of the women truly left an impact on me. My husband makes Braclets I sugested that he makes some more lady like and he is there making some, there is a great story behind each braclet and button holding together, these are made from parachute cords and truly from my husband heart

  8. Thanks for researching, and informing the truth.

  9. I salute these brave women 🙂

    • That is a really good article, thank you for sharing. I am going to look around and see if there is an organization outside of the VA that helps with this type of stuff.

    • I did realize female vets have a difficult time finding a foot that fits all the odd shoe shapes( and heels of all heights) but my point was most vets have flags and military patches on the socket where ur stump goes( stump what is left of an amputated leg), and with that size group if they were vets some would have the socket that honors their service, company or MOS

  10. I wanted that post reply for the prior person. As for your reply, many private companies work with the VA to provide prosthesis’ for vets. They give a couple or few feet to interchange for formal dress and other occasions, but not a foot for all shoes. Personally I have one foot since I only wear boots to support my ankle, yet I was offered a foot for formal shoes like wing tips. Vets need to know they aren’t obligated to get their prosthesis from the VA. Vets have a choice to use a company outside the VA system

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