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Miss America Contestants Trade Heels for Combat Boots

Miss Alaska (Sydnee Waggoner), Miss Puerto Rico (Mimi Pabon), Miss Colorado (Katie Layman), Miss Alabama (Liz Cochran)-588
Miss America
hopefuls kicked off their heels and donned ROCKY combat boots last night at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Pictured above: Miss Alaska (Sydnee Waggoner), Miss Puerto Rico (Mimi Pabon), Miss Colorado (Katie Layman), Miss Alabama (Liz Cochran) – Photo credit: Scott Harrison

Miss Vermont (Laura Hall),  Miss New Jersey  (Ashley  Shaffer),  Miss Arkansas (Sarah Slocum)
Miss Vermont (Laura Hall), Miss New Jersey (Ashley Shaffer), Miss Arkansas (Sarah Slocum)

Photo credit: Scott Harrison.

The 53 contestants took a break from pageant preparations to participate in the national awareness campaign, When They Come Back…We Give Back, a call to action for all Americans to support our military heroes who have faced the harsh realities of combat, returning home with a new set of challenges including post-traumatic stress and physical injuries.

Miss Puerto Rico (Mimi Pabon)
Miss Puerto Rico (Mimi Pabon)

Photo credit: Scott Harrison.

Music stars Ted Nugent, Randy Houser, Chuck Wicks, Joe Nichols, Gretchen Wilson, Heidi Newfield, and Texas Governor Rick Perry, are among those already participating in the When They Come Back…We Give Back campaign. For additional information, and to see organizations supported by the campaign, please visit www.whentheycomeback.org.

Miss Michigan (Nicole Blaszczyk), Miss Kentucy (Mallory Ervin), Miss Massachusetts (Amanda Kelly), Miss Delaware (Heather Lehman), Miss Indiana (Nicole Pollard), Miss Ohio (Erica Gelhaus)
Miss Michigan (Nicole Blaszczyk), Miss Kentucy (Mallory Ervin), Miss Massachusetts (Amanda Kelly), Miss Delaware (Heather Lehman), Miss Indiana (Nicole Pollard), Miss Ohio (Erica Gelhaus)

Photo credit: Scott Harrison.

This year’s Miss America pageant, hosted by Mario Lopez, will be broadcast live on TLC from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, on Saturday, January 30.

Miss American contestants
Miss American contestants at Planet Hollywood

Photo credit: Scott Harrison.