- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - An Illinois National Guard recruiter made it to the final round of Ms. Veteran America 2014.

Staff Sgt. Katie Jo Williams of Altamont is with the Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Command based in Springfield.

Williams was the only member of the National Guard to make it to the finals. She landed in the top 25 before falling just shy of the final 10.

Williams competed this month in Leesburg, Virginia. She says she is privileged to meet and compete with new “sisters-in-arms.”

Ms. Veteran America was created by Jaspen Boothe of Chicago. She founded Final Salute. It is an organization that supports homeless female veterans.

Boothe says all the competitors have become “ambassadors,” advocating for homeless women veterans and their children.

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