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ROBERT C. VALLIERES is a Persian Gulf War veteran. He lives with his wife and son in Concord, New Hampshire, and volunteers for the New Hampshire Audubon Society. Vallieres received a BA in Fine Arts from Notre Dame College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Spirit of New Hampshire Volunteer of the Year award in 2009.
JACQUELYN M. HOWARD is an environmental management specialist, naturalist, avian field biologist, and writer.
CINDY PARSONS is a spokesperson for Warriors Speak, a division of the Wounded Warriors Project, and a full-time caregiver for her son, Sergeant Shane Parsons, a double amputee with a traumatic brain injury.
“I salute Mr. Vallieres for what he has done for our military community by coming forth and sharing his incredible story of self-healing through birds.”—SFC Frances Hinton, U.S. Army MEDCOM Southern Regional Medical Command and ARNG Medical Readiness Representative
“Birds are some of the most charismatic of nature’s creatures. They inspire and delight us with their colors and their grace. . . . Wounded Warriors reveals just how effective birding can be in uplifting and healing the spirit after physical and emotional trauma.”—George R. Angehr, curator of exhibits at the Panama Museum of Biodiversity and author of The Birds of Panama: A Field Guide
“While filming with Mr. Vallieres for the New Hampshire Public Television documentary Journey of the Broad-Winged Hawk, I felt a sincere sense of peace that birds brought to him and a belief that other wounded veterans could begin healing simply by observing the beauty of birds that live among them.”—Phil Vaughn, producer, New Hampshire Public Television