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Challenge Warrior – Roland Vaughan

SSG ROLAND VAUGHAN, USA (R) ARMY RANGER

A native to Alabama, Roland Vaughan has made a transition from serving in the military to studying film. He is a true patriot with a love for filmmaking. The passion to break into this field has been with him ever since he could remember. Roland’s mother found a journal that he kept when he was a child and gave it to him when he was in his twenties. Written in his own words he expressed his love for filmmaking and a passion to capture the world around him as he saw it. Roland said then and there, “If this was what I wanted as a child and I still hold the same passion now as I did then…well, it must be my calling.”

Roland served as a United States Army Ranger from 2005 to 2010, where he did tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  In 2007, Roland was struck by a roadside bomb that almost ended his life, but he would never give up and fought to stay alive. Though he was offered a chance to leave the military, he refused and powered through the recovery. He returned to active duty for two more deployments and was awarded the Purple Heart for his sacrifice and to our country.

After finishing his military service Roland packed up all his belongings and headed out of Savannah, Georgia to the beaches of the west coast. He had come this time to follow his dreams. So he put down his weapon and traded it in for a camera.  He is currently attending Brooks Institute, majoring in film and loving every minute of it. Roland said, “This is a great new adventure for me. How many people do you know that can actually say that they followed through with what they wanted to be when they grow up? I’ve wanted to be a filmmaker since I was about ten years old and now I’m making it happen.”

Roland’s next projects are still in pre-production, yet he has hinted at the fact it will be beneath the surface of our everyday life. Roland is an avid scuba diver, which helped him on his road to recovery in Walter Reed Army Hospital after being injured in combat. He has been known for his work and studies underwater so this could be the direction we see from him in the near future. He did however say that it’s taken him a long time to get here, so we can be sure he’ll be around for quite a while.

Roland has been on many CWVC Challenges and just completed the Alaska Challenge in mid-July. He is a CWVC Team photographer and videographer.

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