We are very excited to announce the inclusion of our first Associate Producer for They Shall Live: Mr. Gary E. Farwell. Gary is a United States Navy veteran and a Gold Star Father from Farmington, Arkansas. An active veterans and military families advocate, Gary brings an unyielding passion for voicing the stories of our nation’s heroes, and making sure the sacrifices of our service families are given due diligence.

Farwell on a Humanitarian Mission, Niger, West Africa 1993

BIO: Gary E. Farwell is a veterinarian rancher who divides his time between Idaho, Arkansas and Virginia. He spent four years in the Navy Submarine Service during the Vietnam War and then attended veterinary school at the University of California-Davis.  After graduating, he served for 18 years in the Air Force, including as chief of medicine at the Defense Department’s Military Dog Training School at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and as chief of public health for Bitburg Air Base in Germany and director of public health for Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. He is married and the father of four children.  His family became a Gold Star Family when their oldest son CW4 Gary M. Farwell, a senior instructor pilot instrument examiner and recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross during 4 combat tours to Afghanistan and Iraq, died when the  UH60 Black Hawk helicopter he was piloting fell out of the sky for some undetermined reason on an instrument landing approach in Germany on February 3, 2010.

Gary has been instrumental in helping to realize this film during our initial fundraising campaign. He has been effectively promoting the film in his area while also helping to organize fundraising events for the project as well. He has dedicated much of his time and energy spreading awareness of veteran-related issues. We very much look forward to bringing him on board, collaborating with him on our storytelling, and promoting this film and our Gold Star Mothers. If there is anyone who understands the sacrifice of serving one’s nation, it is him.