The Josephine Herrick Project is a War Baby born in 1941 with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In honor of the organization’s 75th anniversary, we have published the first collection of Herrick’s WWII photographs: Portraits of Navy Day, October 29, 1945 aboard the USS Helena. These never-before seen portraits have been scanned from negatives by JHP Director of Photography, Krista Kennell, and introduced by JHP board member Lt. Cdr. (Ret) Brett Morash, PhD. The book is available for purchase on our website and supports JHP photography programs in 26 NYC communities, including veteran programs at the VA Hospitals, Vet Centers, St. Francis College, and at veteran homes in Brooklyn through Services for the Underserved.
Veterans, then and now, are thrilled to connect to each other and their larger community through the visual art of photography. This book documents Josephine Herrick’s dream come true, connecting the public with images of men who serve their country with pride and joy.
As a volunteer organization serving veterans for nearly seventy-five years, I wanted to report on something dear to JHP for Veterans Day so I picked up the phone and called Sheridan Dean. One of our goals is to train veterans to teach our veteran programs. Sheridan, after taking two programs at the Brooklyn VA taught by Camille Tokerud, assisted her in teaching a program at the Genesis House in Brooklyn, and now he is co-teaching with Linda Kessler at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights. He said “what is rewarding is that there are always a couple of veterans in each class who, like me, get hooked on photography.”
During his military service, Sheridan attended aviation school and worked on aircraft structural repair. Returning home to Brooklyn, he had a career with the telephone company. Now, in retirement, he is happy to document events like yesterday’s at Brooklyn Borough Hall: Eric Adams, Borough President, and Commissioner of Veteran Affairs, Loree Sutton, MD, Brigadier General US Army Ret. spoke about housing and jobs for veterans. The transit Authority and the NYC Police Department are both hiring, but Sheridan said he is happy in retirement, teaching JHP programs and doing photography. His goal is to make each photograph museum quality.
JHP honored the Commissioner on October 19th at our annual benefit auction. She is such a fabulous speaker; our guests were ready to enlist! Sheridan said that he is proud of her as a veteran, especially her energy and her positivity. She has made great strides in eradicating veteran homelessness in NYC and in creating jobs for veterans. When I asked what else she could do to help NYC veterans, Sheridan liked the idea of a Museum for veteran’s art.
Last Veteran’s Day, Sheridan and I and a few others spoke about the JHP programs to veterans at St. Francis College. When I asked about his Veteran’s Day agenda for this year, he said he’d be at the Brooklyn Mall: Applebee’s, Red Lobster and Olive Garden providing free dining for Veterans. He also has a dinner to attend on Long Island, hosted by the Knights of Columbus.
Josephine Herrick Project is thinking of our veterans on Veteran’s Day. Thank you for your service all over the world. Thank you to our veterans who serve as teaching artists by volunteering their free time and continuing to serve our country and those in need.
Our veteran photographers lead photography classes throughout the year where they can focus on positive thinking, community building.
Josephine Herrick Project honors veterans today and everyday through our work in VA hospitals and Vet Centers.
Photograph by: Israel Smith, Veteran, Services for the Underserved
Top Photograph by: Anna Swanson, Veteran, Bronx VA
By Jackie Augustine – November 11, 2014 – Veterans Day
At Josephine Herrick Project we have a strong passion for helping Veterans. Our organization was founded over 70 years ago by Josephine Herrick helping returning Veterans from World War II. Josephine realized that the “power of photography” could help returning veterans rehabilitate and give them a voice. We continue Josephine’s mission by providing “free” photography programs to Veterans and other underserved popoulations. As we celebrate Veterans Day today, we thank all of you who have served to help make our country safe and free!
Today we have Veterans Photography Programs in New York City, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island and last month started our first New Jersey Veterans program at Unique Photo In Fairfield, NJ using Canon EOS Rebel cameras. I am delighted to be an Assistant Teacher at this program and have been loving every minute of the experience. Here are a few portraits of some of our veterans taken by others veterans in the class.
Special thanks to our great photography instuctors and veterans: Harmon Kaplan, Michael Downey and Rick Gerrity
Troops in Southwest Asia receive upgrade kits from Operation Helmet.(Courtesy Operation Helmet)
Tomorrow is Veterans Day, an official United States holiday which honors people who have served in armed service. At the Joephine Herrick Project, we have a special affinity to this date. Our organization was founded 72 year ago by Josephine Herrick. Herrick’s life changed completely with the December 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. She became a lead instructor at the War Service Photography, training photographers to document news events and educate the public on blackouts. She also organized a booth at the local canteen to photograph young men going off to war, and sent the photos with a personal note to their loved ones in an effort to keep families connected.
When wounded soldiers began returning to NY hospitals, Dr. Howard Rusk of the Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine approached Herrick about using photography as a tool for healing. This challenge required a heroic effort to organize temporary dark rooms, photographic equipment and chemicals in the hospital setting. She trained female colleagues to work with her and started Volunteer Service Photographers, complete with uniforms and badges, creating darkrooms out of beds and sheets, and pushing equipment on rollers from room to room.
Today the Josephine Herrick Project is a nonprofit that enlists photographic community volunteers to educate students who have not had the opportunity to learn the communicative power of photography. Through partnerships with local organizations, JHProject’s completely free programs inspire children, teens, adults, seniors and veterans with the visual language of photography, enhancing their abilities to transform communities through artistic vision.
To help us reach more veterans to teach them how the “power of photography” can help them express themselves and transform their lives, please donte now: http://jhproject.org/donate-2/
We have also listed 11 other ideas to give back to our wonderful Veterans on Veterans Day!
Article from Parade Magazine – November 9, 2013
Upgrade a soldier’s helmet
For $35, you can provide a service member cushioning helmet pads to help protect against traumatic brain injury.operation-helmet.org
Foster a companion animal
Pets for Vets pairs shelter dogs with veterans in an effort to ease the emotional wounds of war. Volunteers are needed to offer foster care for rescues, as are professional trainers to prepare the dogs for their new roles. pets-for-vets.com
Help throw a baby shower
Celebrate an expectant mom whose husband is deployed or injured by sending a gift or volunteering in person at a party hosted by Operation Shower. operationshower.org
Mail a care package
Look up specific requests for reading material, DVDs, games, and relief supplies from service members in all five branches of the military; pack the items with a letter of thanks and ship them off. booksforsoldiers.com
Tune in to Tim McGraw
As part of his initiative with Chase and Operation Homefront to provide mortgage-free homes for vets and service members in need, the country star is performing a concert tonight for military families, to air on the Pentagon channel and on his website (8:45 p.m. ET). timmcgraw.com
Support a Mission Continues fellow
The Mission Continues fellowship program allows post-9/11 veterans to continue serving at home by volunteering for 26 weeks with organizations like Habitat for Humanity and American Red Cross. Your donation can help vets finds ways to channel their skills as they transition back to the civilian world. Missioncontinues.org
Share your points
Transfer your hotel rewards points to Fisher House Foundation’s “Hotels for Heroes” program, which provides accommodations to the families of military service members who are undergoing medical treatment. Fisherhouse.org
Offer a vet a ride
Join the VA’s Volunteer Transportation Network and you can drive veterans to and from their appointments for services. Volunteer.va.gov
Donate gifts for kids in Iraq and Afghanistan
Operation Give collects toys and school and art supplies that our troops can then distribute to to local children in the areas where they are serving. Operationgive.org
Share your expertise
Sign up to teach a class or be a mentor to wounded veterans interested in exploring business opportunities after they leave the hospital. 100entproject.org
Send a holiday card
To date, amillionthanks.org has delivered more than six million letters to service members and veterans. This holiday season, express your appreciation for our troops with a festive card containing a personal message or prayer, postmarked by December 1. amillionthanks.org
U.S. President Barack Obama lays a wreath at a Veterans’ Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia, on November 11, 2012. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Rehabilitation Through Photography started over 70 years ago to help returning veterans from World War II recuperate and heal using photography. We want to take a moment to thank all our veterans for their service. Rehabilitation Through Photography is going back to our roots and recently started a new veterans program at the VA Hospital in Brooklyn. We will be announcing new veteran programs this year. In the spirit of the day, I would like to share this article from Huffington Post. Read more