Combat photographer, wounded warrior honored for VA work

Award-winning combat photographer and decorated veteran Stacy Pearsall of Goose Creek will receive a national honor for her efforts helping women patients at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

“When I got the phone call I was really shocked. There are so many other women veterans doing great things,” Pearsall said.

She will be among those honored at “Champions of Change” on March 19. The event sponsored by the White House and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs highlights the community work of female veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

“After being wounded in combat, I struggled to find my place in the world. It was my fellow veterans who lifted me up, and I owe them a debt of gratitude,” she said.

Pearsall said that she supports the establishment of an independent womens’ clinic at the VA hospital with its own entrance that offers gynecological and obstetric services as well as care for post-traumatic stress disorder and military sexual assault. Women vets now get treatment at various primary health care clinics at the medical center, she said.

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