Greg Archer is no stranger to the challenges faced by the veterans that Task Force: ISO aims to serve. Serving in the Army for almost 7 years as a sergeant in the Combat Medical field, he was deployed twice to Iraq, and was engaged in combat multiple times. His injury in 2008 from a double IED blast, created complications once he was back at home. This resulted in his collapsing, dying, then unexpectedly waking up from a month long coma.
Waking up to new limitations in his life, he found himself in a deep depression compounded by his Traumatic Brain Injury. Once Archer recovered enough, he continued his 5 years of previous experience as a freelance photographer (something he found therapeutic and trained in to cope with the stressors of combat).
Within a year he would meet a group of Army Veteran photographers that he credits with helping to pull himself out of his despair, which gave him yet another chance at life. This group of freelance photographers captured inspirational photos of veterans competing in adaptive sporting events nationwide. He found healing in their shared stories and learned a lot from their tribulations and achievements. This inevitably was his inspiration to found TASK FORCE: ISO.
As a co-founder of TASK FORCE: ISO he now uses his knowledge of photography and human behavior to promote healing in other veterans, and shares his story throughout the country.
Task Force: ISO engages and inspires Veterans through photography. Veterans gain purpose through activity and self-discovery and build community through continued mentorship and support.