Iraq Veteran Stacy Pearsall has many stories to tell—not with her voice or her words, but her eyes.

She has been nationally recognized for her war photography, and most recently, for her ongoing series called the Veterans Portrait Project. Her compelling story was documented for The American Veteran , VA’s news program, and we’re pleased to announce it took home an Emmy earlier this month.

Since its debut in 2005, The American Veteran has won four Emmys in the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter Emmy competition.

The segment on Pearsall focuses on her readjustment to civilian life after medically retiring following injuries sustained in combat. She twice received the NPPA Military Photographer of the Year, and after leaving the Air Force, she opened her own photography studio in Charleston with her husband.

The Veterans Portrait Project features stark black-and-white photos of Veterans at her local VA medical center in Charleston. She has since expanded the project to include other facilities. Check out our previous coverage of her work, and watch the award-winning segment below. Watch more episodes of The American Veteran here.

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Published on Jun. 26, 2013

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  1. Nicole B July 3, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Nice job Stacy!!! Looking at the pictures depict a deeper meaning on each..All the war photos she took deserves a compliment. Would it be possible to put every war photos and other memorabilia in line with it in an area accessible to many people?

  2. Michele July 1, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    My father-in-law was a veteran and used to develop his own film in a home lab. The photos he took had so many stories behind them, many sad, some heroic…all powerful. It’s so refreshing to see these photos taken by people other than main stream photographers and news journalist. My husband enjoyed this post so much as it reminded him of his father.

  3. Mary Leake Blakely June 27, 2013 at 7:14 am

    I am the daughter of a Vietnam era Marine and was conceived, borne,and raised aboard United States Armed Forces bases all around the world. Your photos of these brave Veterans captured something that is only recognizable to those who have made some type of personal sacrifice and endured Hell. There is a look that those who have experienced combat and seen the face of evil have.. and if one looks deeply enough into the eyes these Veterans you can see it clearly. You have an amazing gift Ms. Pearsall…please keep snapping.
    Mary Leake Blakely

  4. Charles Lilly June 26, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Those are nice black and white photos of us old grey haired Veterans, pictures that should have a Museum of their own. Still photos are nice, but action photos from NAVY ships launching helicopters at a 30 degree angles on the sea, or F18’s taking off and landing 24 / 7. Some grave yard shots of the 22 Veterans who commit suicide every day. Pictures of drones watching you. A Shipbuilding yard that builds $12 billion Aircraft Carriers. The bone yard of Air Force B1, B2 Bombers, some training classes of Officers and Enlisted Personnel. Pictures of the Pentagon, the CIA, the NSA

  5. paul d collins June 26, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I seen the pics when I was at the VA in Charleston. they have them in a hall that you have to walk down to go see the doctors. I never got tread of looking at them as I walk that hall way. thanks for doing such a great job on them so that all can see the men and women that was in the wars.
    Paul Daniel Collins

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