Lowcountry veteran photographs female athletes

Charleston, S.C. (WCIV) — The Women Veteran Athletes Initiative was on display Thursday night at the Ralph Johnson VA Hospital.

The traveling exhibit is a part of a national effort to encourage women veterans to be active.

Lowcountry photographer Stacy Pearsall took the pictures on display.

She first became a photographer while serving in the United States Air Force. She’s excited to bring her work back to the Lowcountry.

“I met a Coast Guard veteran who actually paddles out in open ocean alone. She’s paralyzed from the waist down. If you don’t get motivated by her sheer bravery and tenacity, then I don’t know what would inspire you," Pearsall said.

With each shutter of her camera, Pearsall tells a new story.

She spent 10 years serving in the United States Air Force.

“This exhibit being here tonight is a wonderful way to bring it all back to where it started.” Pearsall said.

She’s focused on life after serving since she’s medically retired.

“My injuries in combat ended her career.”

Healing her wounds, “The exhibition shows how diverse the women are in age and experience and also in the athletics they choose.”

She enjoys expressing herself through art, and showcasing the athleticism of each veteran she focuses her lens on.

“It knows no language; everyone speaks through imagery. I’ve photographed nearly 7000 veterans in over 27 states.”

The 10-piece exhibit is a traveling one. It’s made it’s stop in here at home and now, “It’s coming to a VA near you.”

Persall was injured while serving in Iraq.

She now calls Goose Creek her home.

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