For Amy Vitale, it was a no-brainer. “When I was approached about joining the Patriot Girls, I was like, ‘I’m there. I’m in,’” says Vitale, who holds the multiple titles of actress, model, and pro wrestling diva. Actually, add one more—that of spokesmodel for the Patriot Girls, a nationwide group of women who are lending their looks and their passion about helping American troops toward the goal of supporting those serving the country overseas.
Vitale, with a home base in Ft. Lauderdale, has been traveling the country for the past year, drumming up support and spreading the word about her special group of girls. “We put out calendars and do car washes and golf tournaments and other events, all designed to help the troops,” Vitale says about the organization that she joined in 2009. “We have no party affiliation. We take no sides in the war,” Vitale says. “What’s important is that we have men and women bravely serving our country, putting their lives on the line everyday for our freedoms.”
Vitale helps the Patriot Girls’ cause by doing radio and TV talk shows, appearing in magazines and newspapers, and being at the fore when it comes to “getting the word out” about the Girls’ mission. “We just about have all 50 states covered,” Vitale says of the group’s growth. “Every state where we have girls contains about two or three teams, all working to help support our troops.”
Vitale says she got involved after being approached by group founder Mike Suska, who knew of Vitale’s modeling work that was reminiscent of the pinup girls of yesteryear, and of her other endeavors in support of military personnel stationed abroad. “As soon as Mike told me what the Patriot Girls were all about, I was in,” she says. Vitale, who has an uncle, some cousins, and friends involved in the military, sees big things for the Patriot Girls in 2010.
“We have more events planned than last year, and we should have all 50 states with teams of girls,” she says. As for her personally? “It’s everything I hoped it would be,” she says of her involvement with the Patriot Girls. “I just want to do whatever I can to spread the word.”