Black-and-white photos of WWII, Korean, Vietnam, OEF and OIF veterans make up Stacy Pearsall's Veterans Portrait Project. Some of the subjects are smiling, and others are gazing at a distant point, but in each, an unseen light catches the emotion in their eyes. Stacy, a veteran of more recent wars, captures the veteran's character and the experience etched in their faces while listening to their recollections of war.
Stacy began the Veterans Portrait Project in Charleston, SC, while recovering from her own combat injuries. While she sat for hours in waiting rooms, she began to notice the men and women around her. She reached out to hear their stories of veterans from every branch of service, generation and conflict and felt inspired to bring her camera and take their portraits, leading to the project that now fills the walls of the main VA Hospital in Charleston.
Stacy would like to continue her project in other states and has already photographed veterans in Georgia. Thus far, she has funded the Project with personal savings. However, she needs your help to keep the Veterans Portrait Project going. Any contribution would be greatly appreciated and applied toward future trips around the nation to capture America's heroes.