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MONICA
MOON

actress
(USMC)

 

PAQUITA
HUGHES

director,
photographer

(NAVY)

 

AMBER
CHAIB

producer
(NAVY)

 

JEFF
REYES

director,
producer

(ARMY)

 

THOM
TRAN

comedian
(ARMY)

 

KYLE
HAUSMANN-
STOKES

director, producer
(ARMY)

 

TJ BRADY
writer
(ARMY)

 

MIKE
DOWLING

actor
(USMC)

 

MICHAEL
BRODERICK

actor
(USMC)

 

ALAN
PIETRUSZEWSKI

actor, host
(NAVY)

 

STEPHANIE
MAURA
SANCHEZ

actress
(NAVY)

 

RYDELL
DANZIE

director,
producer

(ARMY)

 

KELLY
SMITH

writer, host
(AIR NATL
GUARD)

 

KAREN
KRAFT

writer, producer
(ARMY)

 

JOEL
LAMBERT

actor
(NAVY)

 

TUCKER
SMALLWOOD

actor
(ARMY)

Our Mission

Mission: Veterans in Film & Television is a nonprofit networking organization that unites current and former members of the military working in the film and television industry.

Created and operated by veterans, VFT makes it simple and easy for the film & television industry to connect with the veteran community working in it. It is a resource for the film/TV industry to find and hire veterans. It is also an organization for veterans who work, or aspire to work, in film/TV to interact with, support, and learn from each other. There are three primary ways to connect with VFT members: 

   1. VFT “VETERAN DIRECTORY”

By using the VFT veteran directory on this website, you can search for veterans who work, or are aspiring to work, in all areas of film & television and contact them directly through their personal VFT profile. Before any member is allowed to create a profile their service in the U.S. military has been verified so you know you are searching actual veterans. Vets who are actors, writers, technical consultants, gaffers, grips, students, etc. are all in the VFT directory. Best of all this service is FREE for both the user and the veteran! Click here to begin: Veterans Directory

   2. SUBMIT AN OPPORTUNITY

If you have an opportunity (breakdowns, employment positions, events, etc.) that you’d like to offer all or some of our members then you can submit the opportunity to VFT and it will be sent to VFT members accordingly. PLEASE NOTE ONLY OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE RELEVANT TO FILM/TV WILL BE ACCEPTED AND SENT OUT. 

VFT members subscribe to newsletters and alerts that are customized to what their desired profession is so please be as specific and detailed as possible when submitting an opportunity. Once the opportunity is submitted it will be sent to all members accordingly and you will be contacted when that takes place so you know the information has been sent out. Once the information is disseminated VFT members can then contact you at whatever method of contact you’d prefer so, when submitting, please be sure to mention how veterans can respond. Best of all this service is FREE. Click here to offer an opportunity:  SUBMIT NOTICE

   3.  SPEAK AT A VFT EVENT

In addition to the website, VFT holds regular events in the Los Angeles and New York City areas where members can network as well as learn from various guest speakers. VFT events give industry professionals a chance to interact face to face with VFT members. Past guest speakers have included Ron Meyer (NBCUni CEO/COO), Gale Anne Hurd (producer: Walking Dead, Terminator films, etc), Robert Ulrich (casting director: CSI, GLEE, etc.), Kurt Wimmer (screenwriter: Salt, Equilibrium, etc.), Dara Weintraub (UPM: Mad Men, X-Men, etc.), and more (click “events” to see past VFT events). Each event will have a primary speaker that can have anywhere from 30 mins-1hr to speak and do a Q&A. VFT also welcomes speakers who’d like to have 2-5 minutes to address VFT members. Speakers do not have to be military veterans. If you’d like to be considered as a speaker at a VFT event please click here: SPEAK AT VFT

If you are seeking official support from the U.S. military please utilize the contacts on the "resources" page. Click here for official U.S. Military support: RESOURCES

WANT TO SUPPORT VFT?
VFT is a non profit organization and all events and services are made possible by generous donations. If you'd like to donate to VFT you can do so here:

VFT Goals

  • Promote and advance veteran involvement within the film & television industry.
  • Provide a means for the entertainment industry to connect with, hire, and feature current and former members of the military.
  • Strengthen camaraderie amongst veterans within the film and television industry.
  • Link to professional organizations within the industry (SAG, AFTRA, DGA, etc.)
  • Become aware of our fellow veteran’s talents, skills, and resources.
  • Introduce veterans to successful working professionals by hosting guest speakers and workshops.
  • Create an awareness of veterans working within the industry.
  • Provide a means and venue for mentorship.
  • Pool resources for all phases of film & television production.

Founders

Mike Dowling
USMC Vet, Founder, Actor, Author
Mike Dowling served on active duty in the Marine Corps from 2001-2005 and as a mobilized reservist from 2008-2010. He is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran turned actor ...(read more)
Kyle Hausmann-Stokes
Army Vet, Founder, Director, Producer
Kyle is a former US Army paratrooper, combat vet of Iraq, USC film school alum, now directing commercials/PSAs for his company Blue Three Productions, a full-service film, ...(read more)

Board of Directors

Karen Kraft
Army Vet, Producer, Executive
Karen Kraft is an award-winning writer, director, producer, and television executive. Her work has aired on Discovery ... (read more)
Tim Norman
Army Vet, DreamWorks
US Army vet of Op Desert Storm, UCLA grad and current DreamWorks Animation Director of Overhead and ... (read more)
Kyle Hausmann-Stokes
Army Vet, Director, Producer
Kyle is a former US Army paratrooper, combat vet of Iraq, USC film school alum, now directing commercials/PSAs ... (read more)
Mike Dowling
USMC Vet, Actor, Author
Mike Dowling served on active duty in the Marine Corps from 2001-2005 and as a mobilized reservist from 2008-2010. He is an ... (read more)

Advisory Board

Rydell Danzie
Army Vet, Actor, Director
Rydell is former 101st Air Assault, Air Cav. PLU Graduate and now Directing Features and Acting ... (read more)
Aaron Carew
Army Vet, Writer, Producer
Aaron is a U.S. Army combat veteran, writer-producer and USC Film School Grad Division Alumni, who has ... (read more)
Brian Iglesias
USMC Vet, Producer
Brian is a Marine infantry combat vet and is now an independent multi-media producer and member of the Producers Guild of ... (read more)
Michael Broderick
USMC Vet, Actor
The path of actor Michael Broderick has been a circuitous and satisfying one. After serving in the Marines from 1986-1990 ... (read more)
Amber Chaib
Navy Vet, Executive, Producer
A United States Navy Veteran, Amber Chaib works in Los Angeles as an education business consultant as well as executive ... (read more)
Laura Law-Millet
Army Vet, GI Film Festival
Laura is a writer/director/producer - former Army Intelligence Officer (Turkey, Korea, Bosnia) - GIFF co-founder ... (read more)
Kaj Larsen
U.S. Navy, Producer, Journalist
Kaj Larsen was born in Santa Cruz, California, and graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz with a degree in ... (read more)
Stephanie Stone
Navy Vet, Executive, Advocate
Stephanie Stone is the Chief Deputy Director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. She ... (read more)
LTC Arnold Strong
US Army, Actor, Producer
Arnold Strong is the founder, host and producer of "Release Authority," a talk show profiling veterans and their advocates ... (read more)

Celebrity Ambassadors

Jon Huertas
Air Force Vet, Actor
Jon Huertas’ work spans television, film and music, highlights for which he’s been recognized for his work on “Castle” with a ... (read more)
Rob Riggle
USMC Vet, Actor, Comedian
Riggle has amassed many notable television and film credits during his career including "The Hangover," "Step Brothers," ... (read more)
Tucker Smallwood
Army Vet, Actor
Tucker Smallwood, Vietnam Army advisor, accomplished actor, and PTSD survivor/advocate was commissioned ... (read more)
Joel Lambert
Navy Vet, Actor
Joel is a Navy SEAL combat veteran, actor and currently stars in Manhunt, airing worldwide on Discovery channel ... (read more)
Dale Dye
USMC Vet, Actor, Technical Consultant
Dale Adam Dye (born October 8, 1944) is an American author, actor, presenter, businessman, and retired United States ... (read more)
TJ Brady
Army Vet, Writer
T.J. Brady graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1996, and went on to serve as an Armor ... (read more)

Staff

Sarah Serrano
USMC Vet, Director of Social Media
Sarah Serrano joined the Marine Corps and served as a Sergeant in legal and administration, and as her command’s ... (read more)

Resources

VFT is an independent organization and does NOT officially represent the U.S. military. If you'd like official support from the U.S. armed services please utilize the contacts below. 

U.S. Military Assistance in Producing Motion Pictures, Television Shows, Music Videos

Department of Defense
Special Assistant for Entertainment Media
Department of Defense
The Pentagon, Room 2E592
Washington, DC 20301-1400
(703) 695-2936 / FAX (703) 695-1149

For information regarding U.S. military assistance in producing feature motion pictures, television shows, documentaries, music videos, commercial advertisements, CD-ROM games, and other audiovisual programs, please contact the Military Service being portrayed or being asked to provide assistance:

Army
Chief, Office of Army Chief of Public Affairs
Los Angeles Branch
10880 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1250
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 235-7621 / FAX (310) 235-6075

Navy
Director, Navy Office of Information West
10880 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1220
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 235-7481 / FAX (310) 235-7856

Air Force
Director, Secretary of the Air Force
Office of Public Affairs
Office of Public Affairs-Entertainment Liaison
10880 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1240
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 235-7511 / FAX (310) 235-7500

Marine Corps
Director, Marine Corps Public Affairs
Motion Picture and Television Liaison
10880 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1230
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 235-7272 / FAX (310) 235-7274

Click here for the U.S. Department of Defense Liaison website 

FAQ

What does Veterans in Film & Television do?

Veterans in Film & Television, more commonly known as "VFT," provides a place for the entertainment industry and the veteran community that works in entertainment to connect. VFT also provides a place for veterans working or aspiring to work in entertainment a place to network with and learn from one another.

How do I find/hire a veteran in VFT?

Click the "Veteran Directory" tab at the top of this website and customize search for veterans in the field you would like to consider them for. Then click on the profiles of the veterans you want to consider. If you want to get in touch with them click on the "Get in Touch" link on each veterans profile to send them a message that goes directly to that veteran.

You can also scroll over the "Veteran Directory" tab and click the "Post A Notice" tab. You can then fill out the form detailing the opportunity you have for veterans and it will be sent to our VFT members!

Are all members verified veterans?

Yes, in order to get approved to have a profile on this website each veteran has to have produced proper documentation verifying their service. After their documentation has been verified they are able to create their profile.

Is this service free?

Yes, VFT wants to make it as easy as possible for veterans to get hired in the entertainment industry. It is free for veterans to join, create, and update their profiles. It is also free for you to search the member database and contact members.

I am not a veteran but want to keep up to date with VFT news, how can I do so?

Please scroll to the bottom of this website, click on the "Join the VFT Mailing List" link, and fill out the appropriate information. You will then be on the VFT mailing list and receive VFT news and updates.

I am still on active duty can I still join?

Yes! When you fill out the information on the "Join" tab please attach a photo copy of your current military ID.

I had a positive/negative experience with one of the VFT members I hired, how can I let the organization know?

Click the "Contact" form at the top of the website and fill out the appropriate information. Each message will go to VFT staff.

How do I get in touch with the Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard to provide support to my production/project?

Click on our "Resources" tab to find contact information to each U.S. military branch of service as well as a link to the Department of Defense website that will provide you with that same information.

I cannot find my DD214, can I provide different documentation?

Any veteran can acquire a copy of their DD214 for free through this website: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/

What if I am not comfortable showing my DD214 that has all my personal info on it?

The DD214 is required to create a profile and will never be made public or shown to anyone. Feel free to redact or black out sensitive information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc.