ROSELLE, NJ — Janna Williams, Roselle resident and Air Force veteran, has reached the final round of the Ms. Veteran America pageant.

Only the top twenty-five contestants made it to the final round of the competition. Due to the pandemic the October 11 final, which was scheduled to take place in Orlando, Florida, will be taking place virtually. Ms. Veteran America paid for the contestants to hire a videographer to record the three components of the final round: the runway walk, talent portion and formal wear. 

As part of her participation in the pageant, Williams is fundraising for Final Salute Inc., an organization dedicated to finding housing and other resources for homeless female veterans. Williams is an Accredited Veterans Service Officer and works in the Union County office of Veteran Services as a coordinator.

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“I have a passion for helping veterans, I consider myself a veteran advocate,” said Williams. “If I am crowned Ms. Veteran America I will have a voice down in D.C. for women veterans all over the U.S.”

Williams has lived in Roselle since 2009 with her three children Jayla, Laci and Elijah. She has served on the Roselle Board of Education and planning board and received the NAACP Community Service award in 2017. Both of Williams' parents also served in the military -- her father in the Air Force and her mother in the Navy.

Williams is still fundraising for Final Salute, and she welcomes Roselle residents with creative ideas on how to spread the word to reach out to her on Facebook.