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JRRD Cover Art Winner 2009,
Charlie Peterman

Halo of Life br JRRD Cover Art Winner 2009, Charlie Peterman Charlie Peterman is an Operation Iraqi Freedom combat veteran who served as a 19D2P airborne cavalry scout. He was discharged from military service in September 2006. He is a hobby photographer, specializing in close-up photography of nature, especially flowers.

"People and society are constantly moving but rarely see the true beauty of what God has blessed us with," explained Peterman. "They can see a flower and say it is beautiful but they don’t have the ability to also feel that it is life that is making it beautiful."

For Peterman, photography has evolved from a means to “hide from society” following a disfiguring accident to become an expression of his faith. "Photography reminds me that I am only one part of a bigger picture and allows me to stop the eternal clock and to capture the miracle of the living soul," said Peterman.

Peterman (29) resides in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he continues to receive care at the Richard L. Roudebush Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He is a first-time entrant in the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.

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