corkelsalCork Graham is a San Francisco-based former combat photographer, combat medic and Vietnam political prisoner, who writes and edits filmscripts, books, feature articles, acts, does public speaking, produces, and teaches writing. Cork’s combat photo gallery is here:

He has reported, edited and photographed for the Associated Press, Reuters, CNN, ABC News, The Times, Paris Match and Vogue.

Graham is the second American to complete the Naval Special Forces course created at La Union, El Salvador by the US Navy SEALs. He served as a corpsman in the Central America War for four years.

In 2004, his memoir “The Bamboo Chest: An Adventure in Healing the Trauma of War” was released, soon becoming a TopSeller, staying for 3 weeks at #2 on The book details Graham’s coming to grips with Post-traumatic Stress Response (PTSR) as a teenager, while in 7 months solitary confinement of an 11-month imprisonment on false charges of spying for the CIA; a ptsd case of which incurred during his childhood living in Saigon during worst years Pokies of the war: an American expat all his childhood, his first memories of life are of the Tet Offensive of 1968.

In 1993, he started a 10 year career counseling for the Native American community, through Friendship House Association of American Indians and the Native American Health Center, helping those unable to deal with the symptoms of PTSR.

Graham has been interviewed for a number of national and international print, radio and TV media outlets, not the least of which are NBC News, CNN, AP, UPI, ABC News, NPR, People, Time, Newsweek, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Examiner, San Jose Mercury, London Times, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Agence France Press, Associated Press, KFOG, KNBR, and Washington Post.

He has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS Morning Show, NBC News, ABC News, BBC, and many others.

In 2009 he began hosting Cork’s Outdoors a show dedicated to effective wildlife conservation and continues speaking to veteran’s organizations on the tools and techniques to confront the post-traumatic stress response.


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