ANNOUNCING THE 2013 APA/LUCIE FOUNDATION PROFESSIONAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT
We are excited to announce this year's recipient of the 2013 APA/Lucie Foundation Professional Scholarship Prize, New York-based photographer and researcher Elizabeth D. Herman. APA will present her with the scholarship at the forthcoming Lucies. Congratulations Ms. Herman. And, thank you to all those that applied for the scholarship. The work was truly oustanding this year.
©Elizabeth D. Herman
©Elizabeth D. Herman
About her proposal, (in her words):
I am seeking the support of the APA/Lucie Foundation Scholarship complete the next chapter of A Woman's War in the U.S., documenting the increasing prevalence of homelessness among female veterans, focusing specifically on Los Angeles, CA.
In contrast to the other countries represented in A Woman's War, women in the U.S. have only been allowed on the frontlines in recent years—officially permitted to hold combat roles this year with a landmark shift in Pentagon policy. Though hundreds of thousands of additional positions will now be officially open to women, they have already faced the same stresses of trauma and redeployment as their male counterparts in Afghanistan and Iraq for the past decade.
For many women, war is not solely against the enemy; an Institute of Medicine study found that 45% of female troops reported military sexual trauma. Upon returning home, they've found a profound lack in counseling and medical services, and an intense pressure to withhold the identities of their attackers. Furthermore, while rates of homelessness among American veterans have been decreasing on the whole, from 75,609 in 2009 to 62,619 in 2012, female veterans now constitute a larger percentage of that population than ever before at roughly 10%. The incidence of military sexual trauma among homeless female veterans is significantly greater, with 53% reporting some form of sexual trauma.
These violations of human rights are significantly under-documented; the APA/Lucie Foundation Scholarship will provide the opportunity to expose this issue with photographic documentation of the female soldiers who served their country and now must cope with the aftermath of their service.
American Photographic Artists and Lucie Foundation are proud to support this project. Congratulations to Ms. Herman.
See her entire submission and learn more about her here.
Next month's newsletter will feature a recap on the inaugural APA/Lucie Foundation Scholarship recipient, Donna J. Wan. View her submission here.