The fStop Warrior Project, the premier 8-week program that helps wounded warriors' recovery and transition back to civilian life through the creative art of digital photography, will begin its first Southern California course in Oceanside, CA, on January 7, 2013. Celebrated photographer and film industry professional Terence Ford will serve as instructor for eligible participants.
Supported by The Tug McGraw Foundation, the program was begun by Ford in 2010 at The Pathway Home in Yountville, CA, a non-profit treatment facility for warriors suffering from PTS and TBI. Pathway's curriculum has served the most difficult and severe cases - returned warriors who have lost their families and careers, who are struggling with alcohol and drugs, suicidal thoughts, and may be looking at serious jail time, or worse. For the first time, the Oceanside program will include both men and women.
"Opening Day Class is Full"
Left to Right Supporters of fStop: Major Guillen, Wendy Lethin (Semper Fi), Terence Ford, Jennifer Brusstar (TMF), Sherryl Morris (Ingram Micro), Bill Waters (Ingram Micro)
"I am motivated by the belief that, as Americans, we owe a great debt to our wounded warriors who have served honorably and with great courage. If we as a nation can move beyond the bumper sticker mentality, we can stand united in our commitment to our warriors and their families. We all need to do our part," Ford stated, regarding the fStop Warrior Project.
As has been found with many artistic endeavors, the creative process of learning digital photography as an adjunct to traditional therapies can help increase attention span, self worth, focus and concentration. Photography as a medium facilitates creative self-expression and communication. The program at Pathway Home has shown that the budding photographers find it much easier to participate in dialogue and resulting individual growth through the sharing of their images with family, friends and therapists.
"One of my guys said, 'having the creative tools in my own hands empowered me to tell my own story, to work from the bottom up - on my own, by myself - to aid in my coming home process.' This is what fStop Warrior Project is all about - this is why I have to do it," said Ford.
fStop Warrior Project is a pilot program of The Tug McGraw Foundation. Sponsors include Barrels for Vets, Brooks Institute,Ingram Micro, PeerPort.US, Samy's Camera, Semper Fi, and Roberts Camera. Additional contributions are welcomed online at www.fstopwarriorproject.org
For further information on the fStop Warrior Project, please visit www.fstopwarriorproject.org or www.tugmcgrawfoundation.org
About Terence Ford
Since 2010, Terence Ford, a self-proclaimed "hippie pacifist," has taught photography to wounded veterans at The Pathway Home in Yountville, CA, a non-profit treatment facility for warriors suffering from PTSD and TBI.
Born in Chicago to a family of actors, Terence was performing in Chicago’s famed Second City improvisational theatre by the time he reached his 20′s. His father, Christopher Ford, was an actor, and his grandfather, Johnny Ford, was a vaudeville performer. His brother, Harrison Ford, continues to ply the family trade.
Terence began his pursuit of a photography career at age 21 at the London Film School and earned his professional stripes assisting top-notch photographers. During that period, he helped to produce more than 400 television commercials. In his 40′s Ford was drawn back to acting, performing in such productions as The Young and Restless, General Hospital, Falcon Crest, Hotel, Beverly Hills 20210 and Santa Barbara, among others. Ford served as assistant director to Ridley Scott on the movie, Blade Runner.
In the late 80′s Terence returned to his photographic career in the Napa Valley where he distinguished himself as a creative and successful commercial and fine art photographer. He created the film program at Pacific Union College and his own work has been exhibited in numerous California fine art galleries.
Ford's photographic work is included in such prestigious collections as the Robert Mondavi family, Graham Nash, Ann and Arnold Kopelson, Merryvale Winery, Chalk Hill Winery, Peju Winery, and Auberge du Soleil.
About the Tug McGraw Foundation
TMF was established by Tug McGraw in 2003 to raise funds to enhance the quality of life of children and adults with brain tumors and their families by stimulating and facilitating research that addresses the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual impact of the disease. Recognizing that other areas of brain research—such as traumatic brain injury and Post traumatic Stress Disorder—inform the science surrounding brain cancer, TMF has widened its scope to include a broader spectrum of the neuroscience to support advances in medical care and quality of life for our nation’s battle-wounded, ill and injured service members. www.tugmcgraw.org
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