Attend a workshop.  If you are stationed at or live near one of our workshop locations, and you’re an armed forces Veteran or current Service Member, we encourage you to participate in an upcoming workshop. All Veterans (active duty, reserve, retired) who have served in the US Armed Services are welcome to attend. The workshop is free to all participating Veterans, and no prior filmmaking experience is required. All materials and equipment are provided as well.

Each workshop has a specific Point of Contact (POC) —  an individual at the workshop location who is responsible for tracking workshop attendance numbers. You are welcome to respond to their contact information as provided, or contact I WAS THERE directly for more information and registration at

Upcoming Workshops

The Patton Veterans Project is partnering with the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA and the University of Massachusets-Lowell to undertake a VA-sponsored clinical study of our program beginning in September, 2017.

Two full weekend workshops are confirmed for October 20-22, and October 27-29, 2017 (Friday 6-9PM, Sat/Sun 9AM-5PM). All veterans living within commutable distance to Lowell, MA and who served in the military after 9/11/01 are encouraged to apply. Participants must attend all sessions for one of the selected weekend workshops. A stipend will provided to participants.

Your participation in the workshop will be part of a research study to evaluate the effectiveness of these workshops in helping Veterans share service-related challenges and experiences through film. The study will include 3 in-person interviews with a research team member, one immediately before the workshop and 2 follow-up interviews after the workshop weekend. You will be compensated for your participation in each interview. Participation in the research study is voluntary and you may withdraw at any time without consequence. Any Post 9/11 veteran is welcome to apply are encouraged to register for these workshops. They will be held at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell campus in Lowell, MA.

For more information or to register, call Jay Gorman at (781) 687-4192 or email

Upcoming Events

The Patton Veterans Project is currently revising its expansion strategy. Please check back periodically for updates and details on upcoming workshops. If you do not live near a location where we are planning a workshop and would like to attend, please contact us to make arrangements.

We are always open to suggestions on workshop locations, and if you are interested in hosting or sponsoring a workshop, please see our Contact and Donate Page for more information.