2019 - Amber Zufelt
Miss Virginia for America

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About Amber

A woman of many hats, and crowns, but they all have one purpose: to serve. She is an active-duty service member of the United States Navy and a true “beauty queen.” For the past 16 years, she has served in every major Naval fleet and has endured eight combat deployments, including a boots-on-ground tour to Iraq and record-breaking 206 consecutive days at sea in the midst of a global pandemic. Earning a commission in 2016 as a Limited Duty Officer, she now serves aboard a Ticonderoga Class guided missile Cruiser in Norfolk, Virginia.

For the past decade, she has also advocated for veterans needs through pageantry. She was an international spokeswoman and national advocate for post-traumatic stress-related organizations and spearheaded a virtual support group that had over 30,000 weekly interactions. As a community leader, she has addressed Capitol Hill and has been on national syndicate radio discussing PTS/TBI research, recovery, and treatments. She has been recognized for her efforts by the Hampton Roads Volunteer Association, named a TOP 40 UNDER 40 2019, and received the Armed Forces Appreciation award from ACHI Magazine.

Most recently, she has focused efforts in support of the homeless, specifically, female veterans. Amber has advocated for organizations like Final Salute INC., The United Way, Mission United, and Team Rubicon to fundraise and help provide services accruing over $80,000.

She is the first Alumni of Miss Virginia for America and competed at the FIRST Miss for America in 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. She was awarded the fitness award. Amber is also a nationally qualified competitive bodybuilder and fitness guru. She is an avid volleyball player and loves living in Virginia Beach while parenting her four-legged children, Jazzy and Snooky.