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Episode #182 Don Stewart and Jaeson Parsons

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Tonight on You Served Radio we will be joined by doctor turned artist Don Stewart. Don received his BS degree in Biology and Art at Birmingham-Southern College in 1981, paying his way with a nightclub act as a comic ventriloquist. Initially he enrolled in art classes as a respite from the rigors of premedical studies. Soon, however, he was exposed to the process of composite imagery, and began exploring techniques in ballpoint drawing. Don continued to pursue artistic interests as a hobby during medical training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After receiving his M.D. in 1985, Dr. Stewart moved north to Minnesota, to complete an internship in surgery at the Mayo Clinic. The lifestyle of a surgical resident proved, however, to be at odds with his creative side. By year's end, Don opted to discontinue his medical studies, after accepting awards for both short fiction and poetry, and publishing his first two composite drawings. He has since worked as a graphic artist, writer, and creative consultant through his company, DS Art. Recently, Don has completed a Marine Corps themed composite drawing and is now working on an Army themed composite drawing.
During the second hour we will be joined by Jaeson Parsons of Graffiti of War. Jason “Doc” Parsons was born in Chicago, IL.  Before joining the military he spent ten years in the global derivative markets, ending his career as Director of Institutional Sales for a Chicago brokerage firm. In June 2005 he joined the Army as a Combat Medic; by November he deployed to Ar Ramadi, Iraq with the 54th Engineer Battalion. In 2009 he was medically discharged (honorable) and now he is a full time student at West Virginia University. Doc is an original collaborator and director of operations for the Graffiti of War project as well as the Vice Chairman of the Graffiti of War Foundation.