Helping Veterans Heal Mental Illness through Photography

New Documentary “Visions of Warriors” Follows the Veteran Photo Recovery Project, an Alternative Therapy Program at Veterans Affairs Menlo Park

E.P. Foster Library- will present on Saturday February 9, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. the new documentary “Visions of Warriors” in the Topping Assembly Room.

The Veteran Photo Recovery Project (VPRP), an innovative art therapy program at the Veterans Affairs Menlo Park, utilizes photography to help veterans suffering from moral injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma, and other mental illnesses by giving them a visual language and the tools to express themselves, an important step towards healing. The project is documented in “Visions of Warriors,” a powerful new documentary from Los Angeles filmmaker Ming Lai. Ming spent three years following the efforts of Susan Quaglietti, an experienced nurse practitioner who founded the program, and documents her work with veterans including Mark Pinto, a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter pilot during the Gulf War who became a Buddhist priest and then an artist.

The film was released on Veterans Day by Humanist Films, LLC. The film received a generous grant from the Stanford Medicine & the Muse Program, premiered at the prestigious Vail Film Festival, and was selected for an Honorable Mention at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) 2017 Voice Awards. To learn more about Visions of Warriors please visit

This program is grant funded by the California Center for the Book- Community Conversations with Veterans Grant at E. P. Foster Library. This program is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Irma Morales, Sr. City Librarian, at (805) 648-2716.

The E. P. Foster Library-Topping Assembly Room is located at 651 E. Main St., in Ventura, CA. Hours of service are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Saturday, and 1:00 to 5:00 PM on Sunday. Ventura County Library System: Inspiring our community to explore, discover, and connect. The Ventura County Library is available 24/7 at

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