“Attitude is everything and you’ll only get back what you put in, so give your all and never give up.”1 – Stacy L. Pearsall – Combat photographer
Stacy L. Pearsall got her start as an Air Force photographer at the age of 17. During her time in the service, she traveled to over 41 countries, and attended S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. During three tours in Iraq, she earned the Bronze Star Medal and Commendation with Valor for heroic actions under fire. Combat disabled and retired from the military, Pearsall works worldwide as a freelance photographer and educator, and is the Owner and Director of the Charleston Center for Photography. Her work has appeared in print, on television, and has been exhibited widely. Her portrayal of combat experiences in Iraq, “Inside An Ambush,” was published in News Photographer, the National Press Photographers Association’s (NPPA) Magazine.
Pearsall was one of only two women to win NPPA’s Military Photographer of the Year competition, and the only woman to have earned it twice. She was also honored as the Air Force Veteran of the Year and received the Trojan Labor American Hero Award.
Pearsall is dedicated to assisting women combat veterans seek and receive the care they need and deserve through all channels necessary. She is involved in disabled veteran outreach and recovery care coordination through numerous organizations. She works tirelessly to raise awareness about the unseen wounds of war. She co-wrote songs about her combat experiences with country music legends Radney Foster, Darden Smith and Jay Clementi, recording the album “Faces of Freedom.” All proceeds supplement the cost of wounded veterans’ rehabilitation. Her nationwide public service announcements for the VA and Real Warriors Campaign regarding PTSD and traumatic brain injury educate millions of Americans better understand these post-combat conditions.
Though disabled from combat injuries, Pearsall is a multi-medaled athlete, including gold, from the US Paralympic sponsored Wounded Warrior Games in 2010 and 2011. For her positive attitude and perseverance, she was featured on ESPN’s Versus where she encouraged other combat wounded to never give up.
1Excerpted from The Citadel, School of Humanities and Social Sciences bio provided.