St. Thomas Soldier Competes for Ms. Veteran America Crown

Joie Byrd (Submitted Army photo)

Joie Byrd, a local music teacher and member of the V.I. National Guard, is representing the Virgin Islands as a finalist in the 2022 Ms. Veteran America competition. Byrd was among over 100 initial applicants and among only 25 who advanced to the final round that will take place in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 30. Contestants are scored on a rigorous interview, the creativity of their talent and the effectiveness of their advocacy.

So far, Byrd has raised over $3,700, which will provide over 140 days of transitional housing for homeless women veterans and their children. All proceeds from the event help to provide housing and resources to women veterans experiencing homelessness.