The Return & Recovery Program for Military Veterans run by Artists for the Humanities is in place to assist members of our armed forces and their families deal with the grief and/or trauma they have experienced because of their military experiences….in a very unique and effective way.
This program was established in June 2009 and involves group sessions in local community based settings where veterans live as well as on-site at VA locations in Northeast and Western Wisconsin.
The program uses a proven and an effective alternative approach (expressive art coupled with mental health counseling) to help the veteran returning to civilian life… but still grappling with the adverse effects of military service… address through art some of the images that still may haunt him/her. The expressive art and counseling assists the veteran to come to terms with his/her past military traumatic events. For those veterans who choose to reveal memories through art, the dark closet of mental and emotional confinement can begin to be thrown open. Veterans are able to choose to allow loved ones to come closer to them, to feel less alienated, to ask others to listen as they describe a difficult part of who they are. Art therapy is an alternative approach that has been well-documented as an effective approach to individuals dealing with traumatic events.
Veterans no longer have to suffer in silence. It is often the case when assuming “I can handle this on my own” … turning to self-medication with drugs and/or alcohol is the result. There is no permanence to that solution.
Artists for the Humanities group sessions are free to all veterans and their family members. Any veteran who has received a diagnosis of military service-related stress or depression disturbance from a clinician at the Veterans Administration (or other private health care provider) can be referred to one of the programs offered by The Return and Recovery Program for Military Veterans. Our services are also provided to VA health care providers and facilities at no cost.
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