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

27 February – 2 March 2017 – The Bronx VA Hospital Workshop

The James J. Peters VA Medical Center in Bronx, NY is hosting an I WAS THERE Film workshop for veterans of any branch of the US military. There will be a morning workshop (9AM-1230PM Mon-Thu) and an afternoon workshop (130-5PM).  The workshop is free but you must commit to attending all four sessions.

Space is limited. To register, contact:  Efrion Smith:, (718) 584-7000 x 5314.

Workshop Details:
James J. Peters VA Medical Center
130 West Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY


The Patton Veterans Project is partnering with the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA to undertake a clinical study on our program beginning in April, 2017.

Two full weekend workshops are tentatively scheduled for April 2017: April 21-23, 2017, and April 28-30, 2017. (Friday 6-9PM, Sat/Sun 9AM-5PM). Participants must attend all three workshops sessions over one of the selected weekends. A stipend will provided to participants.

*Post 9/11/2001 veterans and service members are to register for these workshops. These workshops will be held in Lowell, MA, exact location TBD.

Email us at or call (646) 449-8069 for additional details.


Upcoming Events

14 March 2017 – Noon – 130PM – NY State Health Foundation, New York City

The New York State Health Foundation in Manhattan is hosting a special luncheon/panel discussion featuring the Bronc VA Hospital’s Dr. Rachel Yehuda, PVP’s Benjamin Patton and veterans who participated in recent I WAS THERE Film Workshops to discuss issues concerning veterans coping with post-traumatic stress and the I WAS THERE Film workshop program. If you wish to attend, please contact:

Derek M. Coy
Veterans’ Health Officer
New York State Health Foundation
1385 Broadway, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10018
Direct phone: 212-292-7295


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.