Military Family - Therapeutic Resources


 
 Our Military and all of their family members made plenty of sacrifices while in service before returning to civilian life to become an integral part of our society that owns nearly 2.5M businesses in the United States, employ more than 5M people and generate more than $1T in sales and receipts annually. As a small thanks for their service we have compiled a list of organizations and initiatives resources that are dedicated to helping the whole military family.  We will continuously expand this glossary of valuable tools and organizations, so if you have recommendations for organizations, online communities, or tools that we should include, we welcome your ideas here
 GENERAL

LCpl Lanos Lutz Live to Tell Foundation: support Military and First Responders with supportive services, access to local resources, and building community. We do this by spreading awareness, advocating for change, facilitating community training, and implementing initiatives such as Lutz Buddy Up. Learn more here 

The Woody Foundation Learn more here

National Military Family Association: Learn more here

SPORTS

Veterans Adaptive Sports: Promote rehabilitation of disabled military service veterans through adaptive sports. We serve our veterans with spinal cord injuries, orthopedic amputations, visual impairments, and neurological injuries.

Recreational therapy and adaptive sports are being planned to be offered all year long for our local veterans and for those veterans that are hospitalized and are receiving out patient services. These include: biking, sailing, boating, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving and golf. Each sport serves to encourage our veterans to make their selected sport a part of their lifestyle, to stay healthy and maintain a purpose in their lives. In addition, Veterans Adaptive Sports sponsors our disabled veterans who have reached the level to compete in the many sports and competitions around the United States. white water rafting trips, mountain bike excursions, hand biking and almost any other type of sport that meets our criteria for our disabled Vets. Ski sports clinics. Learn more here

ART

Ars Bellum Foundation: located in St. Paul, MN  provide clinical art therapy programs for veterans and their families with PTSD and related mental health conditions as a result of trauma from their service, and then showcase that art in our Beyond the Battlefield Art Exhibition to raise awareness and educate the public about the realities our soldiers face when they come home. Learn more here 

American Healing Arts Foundation (AHAF) located in (Scottsdale, AZ).  is a non-profit organization that promotes art classes at no cost to our veterans.  Our mission is to give veterans new hope, offer them our support, friendship and additionally give them an art career opportunity. Art is proven to be therapeutic for the mind body and soul. We are looking forward to our ultimate goal of the ‘Veterans Academy of Art’. Learn more here 

Art of War Project: was founded to inspire hope and contribute the the health and well being of American Veterans dealing with PTSD. By providing a positive outlet through art and other creative endeavors, we seek to make lives better. Learn more here 

Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) located in (Alexandria, VA) helps integrate veterans, service members, and military families into their communities through the arts. ASAP offers six- to ten-week classes and weekend workshops, which are focused on promoting expression, skill-building, and social support, in the following art forms Stand-Up Comedy, Improv, Storytelling, Creative Writing, Community Arts Workshops, and more: Learn more here

CreatiVets offer opportunities of relief and healing for the men and women who have sacrificed so much our country. They use various forms of art, including songwriting, visual arts, music and creative writing, to help disabled veterans cope with service-related trauma (i.e., post-traumatic stress, or PTS) by fostering self-expression in a way that allows them to transform their stories of trauma and struggle into an art form that can inspire and motivate continued healing. Learn more here 

The Art for Veterans (Flags Across the Nation) located in Mecklenburg/ Union county areas, North Carolina project brings creative and healing supports veterans from the Iraq, Afghanistan wars and other conflicts to participate. This project provides veterans with free art materials, art lessons and art space. Learn more here 

Artwork by Veterans (AbV) seeks to help Americans understand military service through artwork created by veterans. By networking with Museums and Curators we provide accessible venues for past and present Warriors. AbV artwork and exhibits reveal the effects of war upon our nation’s heroes, provides veterans with a creative venue for expression, and promotes patriotism in a positive light. Learn more here 

The Brat Art Institute (Norfolk, VA) is the first multidisciplinary art institute for Military Brats in the world. Currently based out of Virginia, which has one of the largest concentrations of military families in America. They offer Art camps & workshops for military kids & teens, guided by professional artists who were also raised in military families. Professional development for teachers and counselors who work with military youth. Community forums to share the resulting artwork and educational curriculum, and spark dialogue that will narrow the civilian-military cultural divide – one student and one teacher at a time. A library of Military Brat art, history, and research, in one place, for generations to come. Learn more here 

Breaking Rag (Fort Bragg, NC) serves Fort Bragg and surrounding counties. It offers public demos, awareness events and workshops to veterans, their families, and the community, specializing in creating paper and artwork from worn military uniforms. The goal of these workshops is to assist participants in creating their own artwork that communicates their military experience. Through art, we are able to break through assumptions and stereotypes and find real connection. Learn more here 

The Combat Paper Project utilizes art making workshops to assist veterans in reconciling and sharing their personal experiences as well as broadening the traditional narrative surrounding service and the military culture. Through paper-making workshops veterans use their uniforms worn in combat to create cathartic works of art. The uniforms are cut up, beaten into a pulp and formed into sheets of paper. Veterans use the transformative process of paper-making to reclaim their uniform as art and begin to embrace their experiences in the military. The Combat Paper Project is based out of art studios throughout the United States and has traveled to Canada and the United Kingdom, providing veterans workshops, exhibitions, performances and artists' talks. This project is made possible by a multifaceted collaboration between artists, art collectors, academic institutions and veterans. Learn more here  

Common Ground on the Hill (Westminster, MD) launched its Veterans Initiative, providing full scholarships for ten veterans to attend the Traditions Weeks summer workshops at McDaniel College in Maryland. The experience was transformative. Both veterans and civilians thrived in an environment of mutual respect and sharing, engaging in an essential and difficult dialogue. Learn more here  

Foundation for Art and Healing: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) represent significant burdens for those afflicted, their caregivers, and military and civilian healthcare delivery systems. The application of creative and expressive therapies as part of treatment plans has recently shown significant and sustained benefit at leading institutions such as Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, and various VA institutions across the country. The Foundation for Art and Healing is committed to extending the impact of this early field work by bringing greater awareness to how art and creative engagement powerfully influences the overall healing of PTSD and TBI and connecting people with helpful resources. Learn more here 

The NEA and Department of Defense have expanded its military healing arts program into Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network. The program places creative arts therapies at the core of patient-centered care at ten additional clinical sites – for a total of twelve – and increases access to therapeutic arts activities in local communities for military members, veterans, and their families. The program is also investing in research on the impacts and benefits of these innovative treatment methods. Learn more here

The Veterans Project's DIAVOLO offers a unique style of movement as a tool to help restore veterans' physical, mental, and emotional strengths through workshops and public performances in communities all around the country. Learn more here  

Visionary Veterans Art Therapy Program (Fort Worth, TX): A 16-week art therapy program offering counseling in a therapeutic group setting for veterans returning from service who may have mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and trauma and/or relationship issues/conflicts as well as stress of finding employment and transitioning home. Learn more here  

 

DANCE

Exit 12 Dance Company (New York, NY) widely impact audiences for the greater good by both raising awareness of societal themes through dance, and cultivating a socially significant dialogue with innovative educational programming. Exit 12 Dance Company serves as an artistic ambassador with the mission of integrating high-quality dance performance and powerful, relevant cultural messages. With a commitment to military themes, the troop strives to reach veterans, youth, and unlikely communities in effort to educate, enrich, and empower audiences through classical and contemporary movement. Learn more here  

MUSIC

Harmony for Heroes (Washington) demonstrates our appreciation for our military by sharing classical music at the Veterans Administration Hospital Living Centers in Tacoma and Seattle. We share music at least once per month at each campus. They share classically-based music with veterans, current military and their families to provide support in any capacity we may discover a need. Learn more here 

THEATRE

Blue Star Theatre is a collaboration between Theatre Communications Group and Blue Star Families, with leadership support from the MetLife Foundation. The first launch of the program is September 28, 2012, with 21 theatres participating. Through Blue Star Theatres, we plan to help better connect theatre offerings to military personnel across the United States.  This initiative is intended to recognize the contributions of service families, to build stronger connections between the theatre community and military families in communities all across the country and to help in whatever small way we can to aid service people and their families as they seek to be integrated into the lives of their communities. Each participating Blue Star Theatre is offering discounted or complimentary admission to all military personnel and their families, as well as veterans. Education programs and other theatre opportunities may be discounted as well. Learn more here 

Feast of Crispian, Inc. (FoC) located in (Milwaukee, WI)brings together professional theater practitioners and service veterans to build community by using acting skills and the timeless words of William Shakespeare in order to teach and deepen emotional resources veterans need to overcome traumatic and reintegration issues. Through weekend intensives, weekly classes and full productions, FoC seeks to recreate the camaraderie and feeling of belonging veterans miss from military life, as well as give a safe way of exploring the overwhelming emotions that they may experience when returning to civilian life.  Learn more here 

Kentucky Shakespeare - Shakespeare with Veterans (Louisville, KY) brings service members together, as a band of brothers and sisters, and provides the opportunity for camaraderie and a higher sense of purpose that represents what veterans loved most during our military service. Military veterans need a unit to belong to, and they want a mission to pursue. Kentucky Shakespeare’s Shakespeare with Veterans provides both. Learn more here 

WRITING

Button Field Press: Through paper-making, printmaking, book arts, and writing workshops they create artistic space for veterans and communities to dialogue about their experiences. During paper-making workshops participants use their uniforms and articles of clothing that have personal significance to create works of art. Whether the art is commemorative of an experience or attempts to overcome it through the cathartic process, the communication that happens in and around workshops serves to let people know that an experience does not have to be locked away like an old uniform in the attic of the mind. Learn more here   

Hospitalized Veterans Writing Project (Veterans' Voices) HVWP is to encourage veterans to write, through the coordinated efforts of volunteers and/or VA medical center staff. Veterans often experience traumatic and life-changing experiences in the service of their country. Writing serves as therapy for many veterans who participate through the VA medical centers across the United States of America.  HVWP’s therapeutic writing program is designed to acknowledge veterans’ experiences and build self-esteem through creative expression and possible publication. Veterans are encouraged to submit their manuscripts (prose, poetry and artwork) for national publication in Veterans’ Voices, the only publication dedicated solely to veterans’ writings. Veteran’s Voices is published with contributions to the Hospitalized Veterans’ Writing ProjectLearn more here

Rochester Veterans Writing Group (Rochester, NY) Rochester Veterans Writing Group meets monthly. It is free, and open to veterans of every age and every rank. Learn more here   

 

FESTIVALS

The GI Film Festival (GIFF) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to sharing the military experience in and out of the arena of war. The festival is the first in the nation to exclusively celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the service member through the medium of film. Learn more here 

ADDITIONAL DIRECTORY

Clear22 works with professional artists and entrepreneurs to gather resources for emerging artists of all types including photographers, writers, visual artists, and musicians, among others, who have been directly affected by war and military service. The website also features an online marketplace and artist grant program. To bridge the gap between art therapy and professional opportunity, the Clear22 Member Content Library offers artist members a variety of learning modules and supplemental materials free for download. Topics include marketing classes, business tools such as pricing guidance, website builder guides, content creation training, various craft instruction workshops, and entrepreneurial skill-building. All resources are provided free to Clear22 members by industry professionals. Learn more here   

National Resource Directory: Learn more here

Dryhootch Artful Warriors program (Milwaukee, WI)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/449568251785290/

Artful Warriors is a coffee house art group that meets from 11-3 on Tuesdays at Dryhootch veterans coffee house at 1030 E Brady Street, Milwaukee WI. This group is for those who wish to follow the journey of the Artful Warrior members and various activities.  

Help Heal Veterans

https://www.healvets.org/#

HealVets provides therapeutic arts and crafts kits to veterans receiving medical care. These kits keep hands active, minds alert and help with recovery.

 

 

 

 

 

Military Experience and the Arts

http://militaryexperience.org/

Military Experience and the Arts is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization whose primary mission is to work with veterans and their families to publish creative prose, poetry, and artwork. We also work with scholars to publish articles related to veterans’ issues in the humanities and social sciences. Our volunteers are based all over, including college professors, professional authors, veterans’ advocates, and clinicians. As such, most of our services are done through email and in online writing workshops. All editing, consultations, and workshops are free of charge to those accepted for publication. 

National Veterans Art Museum (Chicago, IL)

http://www.nvam.org/

The National Veterans Art Museum inspires greater understanding of the impact of war with a focus on Vietnam. The museum collects, preserves and exhibits art inspired by combat and created by veterans.

The National Veterans Art Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation and exhibition of art inspired by combat and created by veterans. 

Since its inception in 1981, the NVAM has been a space for military personnel, veterans, and civilians to open a dialogue over the impact of war. All artwork is created by veterans.

The truly unique museum features work by combat veterans from all conflicts. The National Veterans Art Museum also has many educational opportunities to help you access, explore and connect with our one-of-a-kind collection.

Originally Incorporated in 1982 as the Vietnam Veterans Art Group, NVAM is proud to be recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization.

National Veterans Creative Arts Competition and Festival

https://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/caf/index.asp

Nationwide, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities use the creative arts as one form of rehabilitative treatment to help Veterans recover from and cope with physical and emotional disabilities. Across the country each year, Veterans enrolled at VA health care facilities compete in a local creative arts competition. The competition includes categories in the visual arts division that range from oil painting to leatherwork to paint-by-number kits. In addition, there are categories in writing as well as the performing arts of dance, drama and music. Local creative arts competition first place winning entries advance to a national judging process and first, second and third place entries in each category are determined.

Operation Revamp, Inc. (Grand Junction, CO)

http://www.operationrevamp.org/

Operation Revamp, Inc. is an organization that is working for the veterans and military families effected by trauma. It has been estimated that 20% of returning combat veterans have PTSD. Suicide rates among the military exceed the national average. 25% of the homeless population are veterans. Unemployment among returning veterans is higher than for civilians.

Art provides an opportunity to heal from these symptoms and difficulties. We provide the vehicle for the art. We are offering art classes to veterans and military families. Currently, these are offered locally in Grand Junction, Colorado but we will expand to other areas as interest demands and funding provides. Our Colorado headquarters has established an open studio where our participating artists will be able to access studio space as needed. We also assist our artists in sale of their art in our gift shop and will host other events such as silent auctions, the wall of art and art competitions.

Our music room is now ready for practice, lessons, jam sessions and some recording.

Reflections of Generosity

https://www.reflectionsofgenerosity.com/

Reflections of Generosity is a traveling exhibit dedicated to serving Soldiers, veterans and their families. It is under the umbrella of Theatre, Inc. 


 

Survivors Empowered Through Art, Inc.

http://survivorsempoweredthroughart.blogspot.com/

Survivors Empowered Through Art, Inc. is a newly formed non-profit founded by Executive Director, Rachel Beauchene. Our mission is to raise awareness about sexual assault, including military sexual trauma, through art and narrative storytelling. We are currently working on two projects: Speaking Out: Why I Stand and Project Retrospect: Flipping the Script on Rape. 

Syracuse Veterans' Writing Group (New York)

http://wrt.syr.edu/syrvetwriters/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/369702424408/

The Syracuse Veterans' Writing group is open to all veterans and their supporters The focus of our group is on writing nonfiction accounts or "true stories" of life in and out of the military.

Veterans of all ages, branches of the military, and conflicts are welcome. You need not have any prior experience with writing, just a desire to write your stories and share them with others. 

Task Force: ISO (Castle Rock, CO)

http://www.taskforceiso.org/

Task Force: ISO is a non-profit organization that uses the art of photography as a healing tool for military veterans who have faced physical or mental adversity as a result of their service. They are creating a photography education program with the intention of encouraging personal growth and an active, productive lifestyle and a means of self-therapy. 

The Art of War (Woodinville, WA)

http://theartofwarusa.com/

The Art of War is here to help veteran’s that suffer from issues that are associated with living and working in a war zone. We offer an outlet for their issues with PTSD, and to transcend their issues into the making of art and other hands on activities as a release of stress. By focusing on doing things with their hands and being in a group that have shared experiences, day to day stresses seem to be easier to cope with. 

The Art Therapy Project (New York)

https://thearttherapyproject.org/

The Art Therapy Project is dedicated to helping trauma survivors through the creative process. Centered around challenges of Family, Violence and Health, we are the only nonprofit in New York dedicated solely to providing guided art therapy to those seeking hope and support. We go beyond traditional talk therapy. Our clients and art therapists work together to turn negative energy positive. Some projects include:

  • Women and Men Survivors of Sexual Trauma: An ongoing group for women and men survivors of sexual trauma provides participants an opportunity to connect with others and counteract the feelings of isolation that are common for this population.

 

  • Women's and Men's Veterans Groups: Several different groups meet the needs of both male and female veterans confronting issues surrounding re-entry to civilian life, post-traumatic stress, military sexual trauma, substance abuse and homelessness.

The Big Red Barn Retreat (Blythewood, SC)

http://www.thebigredbarnretreat.org/

The Big Red Barn Retreat is a 501(c)(3) and strives to create a peaceful, nurturing, therapeutic haven in a natural setting to provide a feeling of peace, tranquility and a sense of connection and stability for those in need. We service those suffering from PTSD and other combat related stress issues. We currently offer equine assisted psychotherapy, therapeutic yoga and a healing arts program.

Healing Arts Program - We are honored to have Jim Dukes as our Director of Healing Art Programs at the BRB Retreat! Jim's background was originally in engineering, but he began his art career 3 years ago while recovering from his fifth Traumatic Brain Injury and in therapy for PTSD. Jim was an explosive ordinance disposal technician for a DoD contractor with the United Nations in Iraq and was unfortunately "blown up twice". Now permanently disabled from his injuries and exposures, he dedicates his energy to providing healing outlets to others in need in order to help them heal from the inside out.

What is Healing Art you ask?

Scientific studies tell us that art heals by changing a person's physiology and attitude. The body's physiology changes from one of stress to one of deep relaxation, from one of fear to one of creativity and inspiration. Through art, a language that talks to the inner process is established and a person is able to access and talk about feelings and thoughts associated with the impact on the physical self, promoting understanding and healing.

Jim facilitates an art program using a multitude of mediums so participants can explore raw emotion and life experiences that are meant to tear them down, so as a group or community, they become stronger. 

The Dirty Canteen

www.dirtycanteen.com

The Dirty Canteen is a collaboration of Artists who are part of this generation's Veteran Art Movement.

The Artists involved in The Dirty Canteen are actively committed to helping fellow Veterans by providing them with means of expression and support as well as informing and educating the public.

The Graffiti of War Project

www.graffitiofwar.com

Offering a unique, individual perpective, through their eyes and their emotions.  Each image represents a moment in time, when an emotion was captured in ink, paint, or pencil, an unconventional historical record of this generation's war.

Our mission is that through sharing these images, we will begin a dialog between soldier and civilian, to bridge this ever-widening divide between those who have endured these wars and the rest of the world that can only imagine the horrors. To bring understanding and true empathy of what these men and women experience during modern conflicts.

Now more than ever, our veterans are becoming homeless faster than compared to those coming home from Vietnam.*  According to a recent CBS 60 Minutes story, when Vietnam veterans came back, it took 8 to 10 years before they succumbed to homelessness.  Now, within a year of separation from the Armed Forces, our warfighters are on the street, homeless.  Though some of them are victims of our economy, these staggering statistics point to the increased occurence of invisible wounds such as mTBI, TBI and PTSD.

The ultimate goal of this project and book is help raise awareness of these invisible wounds of war and with the help of our non-profit partners such as GiveAnHour.org, develop both traditional and non-traditional forms of treatment such as Music and Art Therapy.

The Journal of Military Experience

http://militaryexperience.org/

The Journal of Military Experience illuminates veteran culture through creative and scholarly expression, helping veterans heal and society understand.

The Telling Project

https://thetellingproject.org/

The Telling Project is a national performing arts non-profit that employs theater to deepen our understanding of the military and veteran experience. Greater understanding fosters receptivity, easing veterans’ transitions back to civil society, and allowing communities to benefit from the skills and experience they bring with them. Through this understanding, a community deepens its connection to its veterans, itself, and its place in the nation and the world. 

The Veterans Art Foundation

www.veteransartfoundation.org

Our foundation is open to any U.S. Armed Services Veteran and their family members.

 Our goals are:

  • To ease transition into civilian life for returning vets through different means.
  • Allow members to express themselves through art, writing, multimedia, and public speaking.
  • To help disabled veterans gain a semblance of order in their life
  • To bridge the gap between the art world and veterans.

 

The Veterans National Entertainment Workshop

www.vnew.org

The purpose of the Veterans National Entertainment Workshop helps veterans cope with stress and maintain a level of positive mental health through the incorporation of music, dance, theater, and entertaining productions that they can directly participate in.

This non profit program offers veterans the opportunity to perform their own material for the general public. Those who participate will be afforded the opportunity to work with Hollywood professionals. Those who do not perform will be given the opportunity to work developing sets and helping with the technical aspects of production.

The programs will consist of music, comedy, drama and dance to be performed by the veterans themselves. The shared hope of the program will be to bring laughter, song and positive introspection to vets who oftentimes are faced with high levels of stress.

The Veterans Writing Group (San Diego County, CA)

www.veteranswritinggroup.org

Do you have a story to tell? The Veterans’ Writing Group – San Diego (VWG-SD) is an awesome, informal group that welcomes Vet Writers of ALL skill levels.

The VWG-SD is supported by the Writers Guild Foundation (WGF) and mentored by various local professional writers - who help veterans improve their writing skills, develop a creative outlet, share their experiences, and explore the possibilities of a career in writing! 

The War Experience Project

http://www.warep.com/

The War Experience Project is encouraging artistic expression for current and former military services members: warriors. Through acrylic painting workshops warriors reveal their own unique expression of their experience onto a military uniform blouse, revealing what has been in the uniform but never seen except those who have worn it. This process begins community dialogue on veterans terms through art.

United States Veterans' Artists Alliance (USVAA)

http://www.usvaa.org/

United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance (USVAA) is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary arts organization composed of a diverse group of dynamic, extraordinarily talented military veterans and artists located across the United States.

Founded in 2004, USVAA seeks to open doors for military veterans to work and thrive in America’s creative economy by providing opportunities in the arts, humanities and entertainment industry. With a solid track record of programming excellence in place, USVAA works tirelessly with veterans, artists, supportive individuals and organizations within the arts and veterans’ communities to find funding and support for individual and collaborative projects in photography, literature, theater, film, television, fine arts and a wide variety of crafts. 

In addition to our work with veterans and artists, we strive first and foremost to highlight the talents of military veterans and the history of veterans who have made significant contributions to the arts and humanities since the Revolutionary War. To date we have compiled biographical information on the over 550 military veterans who have made noted contributions to the arts and humanities since the founding of the United States.

As spokespersons in the veteran’s community and in our endeavors as artists, we work diligently to highlight issues of concern to veterans and their families. These issues include the transition from military to civilian life, education, employment, the effects of wartime and military service injuries such as PTSD, TBI and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and homelessness among veterans.

United States Veterans Art Program (USVAP)

http://usvap.org/

The United States Veterans Arts Program is a Chicago-based non-profit that has melded contemporary veterans issues with community-based support, in order to highlight one of the most crucial concerns of our times: improving the health of the military and veteran population that suffers not only from physical disabilities, but also from PTSD and other mental health needs. USVAP believes that art can address many of these issues: for this reason, we provide "Artistic Tools" (musical instruments, paints, photography equipment and other art supplies) to veterans and veterans medical facilities. We also provide employment opportunities and resume/portfolio building to veterans actively involved in music performance and production.

By encouraging and supporting an aesthetic response to the military experience, we hope to emphasize the diversity of the veteran population and to create a new identity of veterans as people who are capable, gifted, and resilient, and also that they often possess the very voice that society needs to hear and to heed. 

Vet Art Project

https://www.facebook.com/vetartproject/

The Vet Art Project provides opportunities for veterans, family, and friends to work with expressive arts therapists and creative media to foster storytelling and attain more personal understanding, awareness, and peace.

Vet Arts Connect (Maryland)

https://tiih.org/what-we-do/build-healthy-communities/vet-arts-connect/

Vet Arts Connect supports the health and well-being of Maryland military veterans by connecting them with vital experiences in nature and the creative arts. Consistent with scientific findings, many veterans report that artistic expression and encounters with nature improve their mood, self-confidence, and ability to manage stress.

Veterans: Learn new stuff, meet other veterans, and have fun hiking, playing music, fishing, writing, creating art, and more.

Veteran Artist Program

www.veteranartistprogram.org

https://www.facebook.com/veteranartistprogram

VAP takes artists, who are also veterans, and propels their works and careers into the mainstream creative arts community through networking, mentorship, collaboration with professional artists, and original productions. We are based in the Baltimore-Washington area and looking forward to connecting with other like-minded organizations and expanding the network of veteran artists througout the country.

Countless veterans made the brave decision to step away from their art and be part of something larger than themselves and fight for their country. VAP provides the resources, tools, and networking necessary to take the intentional artist to the next level.We want you to be part of our work in all the artistic disciplines.  We are about collaboration in all genres of art with an emphasis on bringing together the veteran and Artistic communities.  We are about the Artist, both veteran and non-veteran, coming together to tell a story.

Veteran Paper Workshop (Peace Paper Project)

http://www.peacepaperproject.org/veteranpaperworkshop.html

Veteran Paper Workshop provides veterans with hand papermaking as a vehicle for self-expression and healing. Peace Paper Project facilitates Veteran Paper Workshop in collaboration with Art Therapists and Recreation Therapists to ensure that veterans experience the benefits of hand papermaking in supportive environments.

Veterans Art and Farm Therapy (Suffolk, VA)

http://www.artandfarm.org/

Our mission is to provide free support for mentally ill veterans and their families using Stargazer Stables' farm facilities for therapeutic treatment and reconnecting family units. The farm acts as a catalyst allowing veteran families to work through interpersonal relationships in a less stressful environment using nature as a tool for positive change.

 

Art Therapy - We inspire hope and contribute the the health and well being of American veterans by providing a positive outlet through multi media artistic endeavors. Family art activities are available.

Veterans Art Project

http://www.vetart.org/

The Veterans Art Project is a veteran service organization that offers free bronze and ceramics classes to veterans, their families, and veteran's advocates. 

Veterans Art Project (Saddleback College - Mission Viejo, CA)

https://www.saddleback.edu/ce/veterans-art-project

An Innovative Ceramics Program Giving Veterans An Outlet For Creativity ~ The program offers artistic exploration and community involvement for military veterans, active duty personnel, and their spouses. Privately funded, the Veterans Art Project is being implemented through the support of Saddleback College. This class is tuition-free thanks to a generous grant intended to support our vets.

Veterans Art Therapy Program (Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance)

https://www.saaca.org/veterans.html

A partnership between the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance and the Veterans Administration of Southern Arizona.

We believe that the arts can have an impact—physically, emotionally, economically, educationally - on the lives of service members, veterans, families, healthcare providers and the community.

Veterans National Entertainment Workshop

https://vnew.org/

The Veterans National Entertainment Workshop helps veterans cope with stress and maintain a level of positive mental health through music, dance, theater, and entertaining productions in which they can directly participate. This nonprofit program offers veterans the opportunity to perform their own material for the general public.

 Those who participate will be afforded the opportunity to work with Hollywood professionals. Those who do not perform will be given the opportunity to work developing sets and helping with the technical aspects of production.

Veterans Outreach Center (Rochester, NY)

https://veteransoutreachcenter.org/wellness-services

The Center offers Creative Arts Therapy, an established mental health profession that combines traditional psychotherapeutic theories and techniques with an understanding of the creative process. Art therapy utilizes all forms of visual art expression including painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, and photography. At VOC art therapy is provided by therapists who are nationally registered (ATR), board certified (BC), and licensed in NYS (LCAT) to practice Creative Arts Therapy and psychotherapy. The program is one of our core supportive services and facilitates referrals for other creative arts modalities including music and dance therapy. 

By the very nature of the work, art therapists empower veterans to express their experiences by offering choice to a wide variety of materials, giving control over the therapy process and pace, and creating opportunities to mold, shape, paint, cut, sew, glue, draw, and in the process transform cognitions, emotions, and recollections of combat experiences. Self-esteem increases as veterans are supportive witnesses to each other’s struggles and growth.

Veterans Writing Collective (Methodist University - Fayetteville, NC)

https://www.facebook.com/VeteransWritingCollective

The mission of the Veterans Writing Collective is to encourage the art of writing and to provide a workshop environment in which participants offer honest, positive feedback on members' writing. The group is open to writers of all genres—including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, drama, and journaling—and is open to all active-duty military, veterans, and family members.

Veterans Writing Workshop (New York, NY)

http://www.veteranswritingworkshop.org/

The Veterans Writing Workshop provides free writing workshops for U.S. veterans in the New York Metropolitan area, publishes veterans writing, and promotes dialogue between veterans and civilians.

 

Visions for Vets (St. Louis, MO)

https://visionsforvets.com/

Visions for Vets offers free Visual Arts workshops to military veterans to help assist in the healing process, provide community and serve through art.

Warriors Journey Home Writing Circle (Kent, OH)

http://warriorsjourneyhome.org/locations/

The Warriors’ Journey Home Writing Circle is a veterans’ writing group in which we listen, speak and heal.

Warrior Writers

http://warriorwriters.org/

Warrior Writers is a Philadelphia based, national non-profit. Our mission is to create a culture that articulates veterans’ experiences, provide a creative community for artistic expression, and bear witness to the lived experiences of warriors.

Woodworking for Veterans (Norfolk Woodcraft)

http://blog.woodcraft.com/2014/05/norfolk-woodcraft-offers-woodworking-for-veterans-program/

Woodcraft franchise owners, Bill and Heather Caillet have a new Woodworking for Veterans program in place at our Woodcraft store in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area. Their mission is dedicated to helping the physical and emotional rehabilitation of wounded and injured active military service personnel and veterans through woodworking activities. The program is designed to provide basic woodworking skills and enhance the quality of life for these service members and Veterans.  Woodworking For Veterans will focus on the abilities of each participant while they grow in their woodworking skills.

 

Woodworking for Veterans is free to all wounded and injured active military personnel and Veterans. 

Wounded in Action Art - An art exhibition of orthopaedic advancements

www.woundedinactionart.org

All of the artists in Wounded in Action: An Art Exhibition of Orthopaedic Advancements have explored, both literally and figuratively, their feelings toward the loss of limbs and other musculoskeletal wounds - the majority of which are the result of war. The artists include military personnel who live with orthopaedic injuries and family members who helped them through their recovery process. Orthopaedic surgeons who treat wounded military and civilians and whose lives have been affected by war and their own experience with such injuries are also artists in this exhibition.

None of their relationships to war injuries are simple. Thus, while the artwork can be hopeful, it often disturbs. There is patriotism, but there also is disillusionment. Collectively, it is an acknowledgement that there is real suffering among those with severe war injuries. The exhibition also highlights the need for continued research to improve the ability of wounded warriors to reach their full potential and, hopefully, return to service. 

Writers Guild Foundation - The Veterans Writing Group

https://www.wgfoundation.org/programs/the-veterans-writing-project

It’s the only program of its kind. We pair military vets who have a penchant for wordsmithing with a collection of WGA-enrolled film and television writers. Those writers mentor the vets in two phases: A weekend-long retreat, and a series of regular meetings throughout the following year.

Our vets arrive ready to work hard and get things done. And our mentors represent some of the most beloved movies and television series of the past 30 years.

All military veterans and active duty service members are welcome; typically, we host representatives of all ages from every branch of the armed forces. Other than veteran status, the primary criterion we look for is a sincere passion for writing, although some preference is given to those who have had less access to writing guidance. NOTE: Vets who have attended the workshop in the past are ineligible to attend a second time. 

Vets from outside the Los Angeles area may attend, but must provide their own transportation and lodging costs.

Veterans are mentored by professional writers with a variety of backgrounds. Most are television writers or screenwriters, but we also invite journalists, novelists and teachers.


    Operation we are here: Healing arts programs for military veterans. Art, dance, theater, film, photography, writing, etc...Return to PTSD Resource Directory - LINKReturn to Wounded Warrior Resource Directory - LINKFor additional opportunities to share your story, visit this LINK.

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