Happy Hour: Vet Photographs Other Vets for "Faces of Veterans" Project

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This is a really cool project to honor our vets. An air force veteran who served two tours in Iraq has undertaken a huge and very personal project. He's creating lasting images, stirring black-and-white portraits of area veterans. Stephen Willette, is photographing veterans from all around the state for his "Faces of Veterans" project.

Originally, he planned to complete the project in just a year, photographing 838,000 veterans in 62 counties. He however, realized that was an unrealistic goal.

But he didn't quit. He just made it a 2 year project instead of 1. Mary Jo White of Queensbury was one of Willette's photo subjects. She was a medical flight nurse for the Air National Guard for almost 25 years and her late-husband served in Vietnam. 

Willette says the project is his way of honoring his fellow service members and a way to stay connected to them after he was medically discharged in 2017 after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

The project is currently on display at the Mechanicville Public Library. You can find out more information about the project and schedule a photo session here.


In Charlotte, North Carolina, a guy spotted a stray chocolate lab running through traffic. He caught it and started trying to find the owner. The microchip wasn't reading well, so he posted some photos to Facebook to see if anyone was missing a dog... but, that didn't work.

So, he stood on a street corner with the dog, holding a sign that said "Do you know this lost dog?" Someone who knew the dog saw it and notified the owner. Turns out, the owner had been driving around looking for her for a while. The dog was reunited with the man, but it doesn't end there.

Once that photo went viral, women went nuts... because, you know... a dog is a chick magnet. Women in Charlotte started messaging him, asking him out. He is single and there is no word if he has actually taken any of them up on their offers.

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