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Veterans Invited to GWU for Free Portraits by Decorated Military Photographer

Gardner-Webb University invites military veterans to its campuses on February 27-28 to have free professional portraits taken by award-winning combat photographer Stacy Pearsall.

Pearsall, a U.S. Air Force veteran, is a two-time Military Photographer of the Year, a Bronze Star Award winner for Bravery, and was recently honored with the Freedom Award from the Carolinas Freedom Foundation. She started the Veterans Portrait Project while recovering from wounds suffered in battle, realizing her photography offered therapy while honoring service personnel.

In partnership with Gardner-Webb, Pearsall will provide free digital or print photos to veterans at GWU’s Charlotte campus on February 27th. Portrait sessions are limited, and participants must sign up for a specific time in advance.

On February 28th, Pearsall will speak at the opening of a month-long combat photography show in the Tucker Student Center Gallery on the Boiling Springs campus. The events are part of Gardner-Webb’s Distinguished Artist Series.

Collaboration with the portrait project further affirms Gardner-Webb’s commitment to our nation’s military veterans. The University is consistently recognized for its exemplary support and services for veterans, including status as North Carolina’s first Purple Heart University and recognitions from U.S. News & World Report, Victory Media and Military Advanced Education.