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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.
The Veterans Film Apprenticeship will work in conjunction with a new ground-breaking series Heroic Episodes.
A chance for veterans to heal and assimilate back into civilian life. Training and job opportunities in the aviation and film industry
The Mission: to provide veterans with drone training, testing and licensing in order to become a Part 107 commercial drone pilot.
For more details: Lisa@awritetoheal.org
"I've cast so many veterans in my film projects who took an interest in the drones that we used during the filming process. Many of these veterans expressed an interest in obtaining their Part 107 Commercial Drone License.
My goal is to help our heroes train, prepare and test for their Part 107 License and guide them to find drone related jobs in the aviation and film industries."
I wrote The Shades, a short film about women who survived sexual assaults and violence. I brought veterans on as part of the production's cast and crew.
In the film, women survivors break their silence and speak out on camera for the very first time. Military men and women stood alongside the women demonstrating a strong support.
Advocates and counselors were also on set to help during this extremely emotional and cathartic experience.
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.
U.S. Marine George Purkins, talks about being on Lisa Regina's film set, 'The Shades.'
09:00 am – 05:00 pm
Veterans worked on set with the crew alongside award winning New York City cinematographer, Till Neumann.
It takes a cohesive team to make any film. The discipline and special skill set makes each team members role on a film set important. Veterans find comradery and a new mission on a film set.
Lisa Regina the creator of "Heroic Episodes" and the VFA-Veterans Film Apprenticeship and Cpt. Leslie Nicole Smith and her service dog Issac appeared on CBS TALK PHILLY.
Veterans go through an interview process with Heroic Episodes Producer & Military Consultants to match their skill sets with roles in the film production.
Thank you for your support. To become a sponsor, contact: Lisa@LisaRegina.com
Job opportunities for Veterans in the Aviation Industry. Lisa Regina- filmmaker, drone pilot