VETERAN FILM APPRENTICESHIP
CRIMINAL MINDS star JOE MANTEGNA
The VFA provides veterans the opportunity to train, prepare, and test for an FAA Part 107 Commercial Drone Pilot License and assists veterans with their pursuit of film and aviation industry jobs, including securing jobs on the production team of a groundbreaking veterans-centered TV series, Heroic Episodes.
In the first phase of the program, veterans will receive classroom instruction addressing FAA regulations, operating requirements, and procedures for flying drones. In the second phase of the program, veterans will participate in hands-on flight lessons. In the final phase of the program, veterans will prepare for the FAA 107 certification exam and attend career readiness coaching sessions.
As the saying goes, “The sky’s the limit,” and such a saying could easily serve as the VFA’s motto. The VFA effectively positions veterans to rejoin the workforce as commercial drone pilots in the film and aviation industry. The program also ventures beyond practical, tangible benefits to provide intangible benefits that standard drone pilot license courses lack, an approach that fosters post-traumatic growth. The program’s design reflects the understanding that post-traumatic growth can be facilitated in many ways, including disclosure of traumatic experiences, narrative development, and service.
As veterans advance through the apprenticeship program, VFA empowers them to share with others their trauma experiences in an empathic environment, to reshape their life narratives in a way that enables healing, and to serve as mentors to other trauma survivors. It is Lisa’s hope that VFA graduates will realize positive changes associated with post-traumatic growth: improvement in their relationships with others, exploration of new possibilities in their lives, and recognition of their personal strength.
HOW TO APPLY:
Email the items below to: Lisa@awritetoheal.com
1. A copy of your DD214 (Discharged Veterans)For Current Service Members email a copy of your ORB/ERB Career Data Brief, or service equivalent statement to show service in good standing and brief career history. (Please ensure social security numbers are removed or blacked out on all supporting documents.
2. Write an essay detailing:
* how did you become interested in aviation?
* what was your job in the military?
* how will you use your Part 107 Commercial Drone License?
A chance to heal and assimilate back into civilian life. A better quality of life through
Training and Job Opportunities in the Aviation and Film Industry.
Ret. Staff Sergeant Brianna Felice, U.S. Army
"this is why a series like Heroic Episodes is so important, to be our voice, to give us visibility and true representation"
John Walker, U.S. Marines
"Teamwork is key. Veterans just snap to, they've been trained to be part of a team"
Oorah! U.S. Marine George Purkins, Jr. was part of our cast & crew in my short film, 'The Shades'
Lisa Regina and Gunny share what it was like making a film together...teamwork, civilians and veterans!
Tammy Lynn Laird, U.S. Army,
U.S. Air Force
"The camaraderie, community and connection veterans would have working on a project and working together would help in their transition, that's the hardest thing when you leave the military."
Justin Rasik, U.S. Army
"Having the ability to train and get a drone license would be massively beneficial to a veteran for sure"
Jody Austin, U.S. Air Force
"the Veterans Film Apprenticeship can build camaraderie which is a core element of being a military service member"
AJ Ballinger, U.S. Marine
"I'm a nature and wildlife photographer. Having a drone license would benefit the moments that I capture."
Sergeant Chrissy Lemond, U.S. Army
"It would be an incredible opportunity"
ITC Michele Keyes, U.S. Navy
"I think it's a great idea! There are so many job opportunities having a drone license...being part of a mission. We can work as a team or work on solo missions"
A Write to Heal's program - VFA
The Veterans Film Apprenticeship is a chance for veterans to heal from the traumas of war and assimilate back into civilian life through job opportunities & training in the aviation and the film industry.
Your tax deductible donation will help a veteran discover a better quality of life as they become a Part 107 Commercial Drone Pilot and begin a new career path.