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December 06, 2012
BENEFITING: TUG MCGRAW FOUNDATION
fStop Warrior Project focus is teaching America's wounded warriors digital photography as a creative self expressive art therapy in a military treatment facility in Oceanside, CA.
The course will be offered as part of the rehabilitation program for wounded warriors and will be an integral part of the Foundation’s efforts to support the recovery and transition of wounded, ill and injured veterans with Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Led by the distinguished photographer, Terence Ford, the F-Stop Project’s highest priority is to enable service members to discover both vocational and creative aptitudes in support of a successful life transition.
Like many creative endeavors, learning digital photography as an adjunct to traditional therapies can help increase attention span, focus and concentration. Photography as a medium facilitates self-expression and communication. The therapeutic value of teaching wounded warriors to express themselves through image making, rather than words, cannot be over emphasized.
The program has found success at The Pathway Home in Yountville, CA, a non-profit treatment facility for warriors suffering from PTSD and TBI. Pathway is often the last option for the most difficult and severe cases – men who have lost their families and careers, who are struggling with substance abuse and suicidal thoughts. Service members and Veterans at Pathway have shared their photographic images with family, friends and therapists, creating opportunities for dialogue and individual growth. In addition, many of the veterans in the photo group at Pathway have decided to pursue further education in photography utilizing their VA benefits, thereby providing direction and purpose to their lives.