VoyageLA : Meet Christopher Sweeney

Department of Defense FUTURES annual magazine 2017 cover.

VoyageLA has published an interview with our colleague Christopher Sweeney as part of their Inspiring Stories West LA collection. In their words, their goal it to help hard-working, inspiring people tell their stories authentically and in their own words.

Please follow this link to read the article HERE

USVAA article in VoyageLA

Department of Defense FUTURES annual magazine 2017 cover.

VoyageLA has published an article about USVAA as part of their Inspiring Stories West LA collection.

Please follow this link to read the article HERE

Dear USVAA friends and supporters and everyone who appreciates a quality t-shirt,

This Field & Stream tee shirt sold by Dick’s Sporting Goods features a design by one of our colleagues, artist and U.S. Marine, Trevor Denham. A portion of the proceeds benefits the USVAA. Please consider purchasing one (or many!). Thank you. Please click on the image to visit the Dick’s Sporting Goods online store. 

My First Episode: A Conversation with Jalysa Conway and Kevin McKidd

Wednesday, February 7th

For a TV writer, there’s nothing more exciting than writing your first episode and seeing it air on television. Or, in the case of this special event, in front of a live audience of fellow writers.

Co-hosted by the Writers Guild Foundation and United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance, Grey’s Anatomy staff writer and WGF Veterans Writing Project alumnus Jalysa Conway screened her Season 14 episode and shared her process for crafting it with one of the show’s stars and a central character in the episode, Kevin McKidd. With part of the episode set in 2007 Baghdad during the Iraq War, Jalysa’s own military experience informed the story, and McKidd related how he brought the words to life.

Thank you Kevin McKidd and The Writers Guild Foundation for making this great event such a success.

USVAA Colleague Featured in Department of Defense annual FUTURES magazine

Congratulations to USVAA Colleague Corban Cold Lundborg for being selected to represent the Air Force Reserve in this years Department Of Defense annual Futures Magazine! He shared his story on how his military experiences led into a life in art.

To visit his website please follow THIS LINK

You can also visit his page on our website HERE

Department of Defense FUTURES annual magazine 2017 cover.
Department of Defense FUTURES annual magazine Corban Lundborg feature.
Christopher Sweeney (right) as Langford in Sky Pig at the U.S. Veterans’ Artists Alliance's New Works Presentation. STEPHEN R. FISCH/USVAA

Christopher Sweeney (right) as Langford in Sky Pig at the U.S. Veterans’ Artists Alliance’s New Works Presentation. STEPHEN R. FISCH/USVAA

Helping veterans pursue their Hollywood dreams

A big thank you to Libby Denkmann @libdenk and @kpcc for putting this great article and segment together about the USVAA New Works in honor of Veterans Day 2017. It’s a great piece about an extraordinary show that featured writers Sylvia Ankenman Bowersox, Sydney Hoffner and Andy Wellens, along with USVAA/WGF mentor Timothy Wurtz. Congratulations are in order to each of them for an amazing show, along with everyone who participated including Sam Wolfson who famously thought up the show, writers Sam Ameen, Missy Lee/Melissa Ritz and Brian Hanson.

Also, a huge thank you to the directors, Aimee Morgan, David Fofi, and Carolyn Allport. Congratulations to all of the amazing cast members who made the show possible, including Monique Edwards, Lorna Duyn, Kim Estes, Christopher Sweeney, James James Edward Bane, Gary Cole, Stoney Westmoreland, Stephanie Maura Sanchez, Mark Valley and so many others.

Another round of thank yous to the phenomenal USVAA staff, Anita J. Lee, Parisa Morid, Emil Petrinic and Stephen Fisch. The show wouldn’t have been possible without your professionalism every step of the way. Last but not least a huge thank you to everyone at Sony, including Ruben Carlos Rocha with the EBRG, The Actors’ Gang’s Cihan Sahin, and Christopher Kartje and everyone at The Writers Guild Foundation.

Please click the photo above or follow THIS LINK for the full article.

USVAA United States Veterans Artists Alliance honored by Phi Beta Kappa Society Oct. 2017 Please click for more information.
USVAA and Phi Beta Kappa representatives at the Phi Beta Kappa Arts & Sciences City of Distinction awards. Photo by Kyle Espeleta.

USVAA and Phi Beta Kappa representatives at the Phi Beta Kappa Arts & Sciences City of Distinction awards, October 17, 2017. Photo by Kyle Espeleta.

Moderated by our Colleague Christopher Sweeney and our Executive Director, Keith Jeffreys.

Christopher Sweeney was our Featured Colleague for June 2017 – read our interview with him HERE.  

Field & Stream® Introduces Trevor Denham-Designed T-Shirt, The First of a Series in Support of USVAA

USVAA is extraordinarily proud to announce that Field & Stream, a specialty outdoor retailer and product brand owned and operated by DICK’S Sporting Goods, has introduced a series of t-shirts that display artwork designed by talented veterans starting with Trevor Denham (USMC). To further support veterans, and the passion and pride they exemplify for our country, Field & Stream will be donating 5% of the proceeds of the sale of the shirts directly to USVAA in support of our mission.

Above is one of the four designs currently on sale at more than 25 Field & Stream stores across the country and

On behalf of everyone at USVAA we would like to thank the entire Field & Stream team for creating this opportunity for our colleagues. We look forward to introducing more veteran designed T-Shirts highlighting the importance of outdoor activities and the talent level of veterans working in the creative economy.

For more information about the T-Shirts please go here: FIELD AND STREAM ONLINE STORE
For more information about Trevor Denham, please visit his website or his listing at USVAA.


From honoring contributions, to supporting artistic endeavors to advocating for the concerns of our veterans and their families the United States Veterans Artists Alliance takes a creative approach to working with those who have given so much.

Dan Lauria Joins Annette Bening in IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER at the Douglas

Lexikat Artists, in association with Chapman University, presents Annette Bening, Dan Lauria and Ken Jenkins (replacing the previously announced James Caan) along with a cast including Kate Mansi (2017 Daytime Emmy winner), in a one-night only performance of the play IF ALL THE SKY WERE PAPER, on Wednesday, June 7 at 7:30pm at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, CA.

The play is a moving, dramatic reading of real wartime letters by soldiers, Marines, sailors, and airmen, as well as their family members at home.

If All the Sky Were Paper is a powerful, humorous and unforgettable play about one man’s search around the world for the “most extraordinary letters ever written,” and is based entirely on real life war letters-letters written by soldiers and their loved ones during wars from the American Revolutionary War to present emails from Afghanistan.

Please click HERE to read more at Broadway World.

Please click HERE to watch the clip.