Veterans Return

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Those who serve or have served in the armed forces around the world know that experience becomes an indelible part of their identity.

Yet, outside the veteran community, that experience is too often deeply misunderstood or unacknowledged.

Visual media has a role to play in expanding our understanding of who serves in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard, and what it means to serve. We’re also interested in imagery depicting how veterans rejoin civilian life, and how these experiences might look different for people of different genders, ages, ethnicities, and cultural backgrounds. With this creative brief, we’re seeking visuals accurately depicting active members of the armed forces and modern veterans of all ages and backgrounds, engaging with each other in service or training, and in daily life with their families, friends, and wider communities.

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Adobe Artist: Inti St Clair - Blend Images

Adobe Artists: Hero Images, Maskot & Gary Radler - Austockphoto

Veterans Return:Inspiration

Need some more inspiration? Here are some angles to consider. Pick one and run with it or explore your own unique take on veterans and active service members in daily life.

Civilian leadership

Reentering the workforce post-deployment, whether returning to a job or starting a new one, exploring entrepreneurial paths, or returning to school. Building on the unique skills learned in service to others with new degrees, new perspectives and new opportunities.

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Adobe Artist: Anikonaann

Families reunited

Veterans often return to the workforce alongside a support network of family and close friends, including life with their parents, children, partners or extended families, among others. An exploration of family reunions and daily moments through a contemporary and inclusive lens, acknowledging the breadth of what being a “family” may entail.

In the community

Bringing the service ethos back to local communities through direct action and activism, as well as community promotion of traditional and non-traditional mental health support and physical rehabilitation. These images reveal veterans and active service members getting involved and working together to bring about positive change at home.

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Adobe Artist: Tom Merton - Caia Image

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