Colorado Springs arts and military communities join for healing summit


When Air Force combat photographer Stacy Pearsall was injured in the line of duty and subsequently gripped by PTSD, she “felt there was nothing to do but shrivel up and die.”

“I couldn’t stand for long periods of time, couldn’t lift more than 5 pounds. I focused on the negative things. When we’re in a negative state of mind, we focus on the negative parts of everything.”

Her passion for photography brought her relief. That and “other veterans along the way that helped me through that journey,” she said.

Pearsall, a recipient of the Bronze Star, is the keynote speaker at a two-day conference designed to bring the arts and military communities together.

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