ROSELLE, NJ - Janna Williams of Roselle, a military veteran and community advocate, has advanced to the semifinal round of the Ms. Veteran America competition. Williams will be joining more than 40 female active military and veterans as semi-finalists in the competition. 

“I am beyond excited about making it to the semifinals,” said Williams. “I consider myself an advocate for veterans and a leader of the veteran community. Ms. Veteran America provides me the opportunity to take my advocacy and passion for helping veterans to a higher level.”

Born in Tampa Bay, Florida, Williams has lived in Roselle for nearly 16 years. Williams, a United States Air Force veteran, is pursuing the title that honors her three years of service as an airman and her nearly twenty years of advocacy for military veterans.

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During her service, she worked in her unit’s pharmaceutical division while stationed at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas, and Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, California. Among her many acknowledgments, she was named “Airman of the Quarter,” and received the Wing Commander “Attitude Is Everything” honor. 

After her service, she took a position in New Jersey as an Accredited Veteran Service Officer for the Union County Office of Veterans Services. She also served on the Roselle Board of Education and the Roselle Planning Board. Several years ago, she founded Vets4U, a non-profit that provides food, clothing, and other resources to military veterans in need. She has been recognized for her community service with the NCAAP Community Service Award in 2017, the United States Congress Award, and other honors.

Williams is a single mother of three children: Jayla, Laci, and Elijah. She is the daughter of Loraine Outing, a US Navy veteran.

Williams will compete on June 27-28, 2020, in a virtual competition for a spot in the final round, scheduled to be held on October 11, 2020, in Orlando, Florida. The semifinals were initially planned to take place live in Las Vegas, Nevada; however, they were converted to a virtual competition due to the coronavirus outbreak travel and social restrictions. 

Williams is fundraising for Final Salute, Inc., a charity that helps homeless female veterans find shelter and other resources. Those interested in donating can contribute on her Facebook page at JannaW4MVA2020 (https://www.facebook.com/JannaW4MVA2020/), her Twitter page at @JannaW4MVA2020 or by visiting https://charity.gofundme.com/finalsaluteinc