Featured Veteran: Bradley Podliska

We’re starting something new for our Veterans Portrait Project Blog. Every week, we are going to feature a veteran we’ve photographed. You’ll share a little more about the veteran behind the portrait.

To kick off our weekly highlight, we’re featuring Bradley Podliska. We met Podliska while taking portraits in McLean, Virginia, in 2013. He’s an Air Force Reserve officer who was commissioned in 1999 and served as an intelligence officer. Recently, he’s been in the news a lot more.


Bradley Podliska Air Force Major Intel Officer June 1999 - Present VPP McLean, MD

Podliska is a former investigator with the House Select Committee on Benghazi. He claims he was dismissed because of his obligations as an Air Force Reserve major, and because he objected to targeting Hillary Clinton, the democratic presidential candidate for 2016. His appearance in the news has brought light to possible injustice to those who have worked on the the House Select Committee.

The Veterans Portrait Project takes no political stance and will not weigh an opinion regarding Podliska’s situation. We do, however, honor Podliska for his service to our Nation. We’re glad to have met him during our trek across America and the opportunity to take his portrait. It’s surreal to see his VPP portraits splashed across every news network.

CNN screen shot from Brad Podliska story.

Maj. Podliska is an example of us never knowing who we will meet with the Veterans Portrait Project, and we are Thankful for every veteran we meet.

Stay tuned next week for our next featured veteran.

© Veteran portrait by Stacy L. Pearsall, story by Des’ola Mecozzi

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