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Who We Are

Who We Are

The RRPMV Mission

The Return and Recovery Program for Military Veterans (RRPMV), established in June of 2009 by Tim Mayer of Artists for the Humanities, provides a cost-free, constructive environment for military veterans and their families to face unresolved service-related trauma, grief, substance abuse and homelessness.

Through an innovative combination of expressive artwork and group counseling, RRPMV encourages those living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), military sexual trauma (MST), and other mental health issues to identify the adverse effects of military service, improve their condition, and successfully reintegrate into civilian life.

We are committed to our mission, which has evolved from our compassionate history of helping veterans.

 

Our History

The Return and Recovery Program for Military Veterans (RRPMV) is part of the evolving vision of its founder, executive director and resident artist Tim Mayer.

In 2004, Mr. Mayer began painting oil portraits of U.S. service personnel killed in the line of duty in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Known as the “Fallen Soldiers Project,” this undertaking spurred Mr. Mayer to create “Artists for the Humanities (A4TH)”, a nonprofit organization that was incorporated in the State of Wisconsin in 2005.

In the following two years, Mr. Mayer continued to exhibit his Fallen Soldier Project portraits in various venues, including the Wisconsin state capitol rotunda. While honoring the fallen and their families, he recognized that some of our returning service members had unmet needs pertaining to their mental health and other service-related issues. By 2007, Mr. Mayer transitioned his fledging nonprofit organization into one that met those needs through a unique combination of expressive art and group counseling—all at no cost to the veteran. He named that project the “Return and Recovery Program for Military Veterans.”

In 2009 A4TH received its IRS 501(c)(3) designation as a public charity retroactive to 2007. In March of 2009, A4TH began offering free expressive art and group counseling through its Return and Recovery Program for Military Veterans at St. Norbert Abbey in De Pere, WI. The program continues to this day.

In October of 2010, A4TH brought the Return and Recovery Program for Military Veterans to the Tomah VA Medical Center in Tomah, WI. The program initially offered its services to veterans suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), but subsequently expanded to include veterans struggling with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), substance abuse, and homelessness through their partnership with the Tomah VA.

To date, the Return and Recovery Program for Military Veterans has helped over 2,000 veterans throughout Wisconsin. All of the services provided to veterans, their family members and loved ones remain free of charge. Likewise, the program is offered to VA medical centers and community-based outpatient clinics at no charge.

 

Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes

Artists for the Humanities is a non-profit organization. To learn more about the board of directors and its meeting minutes documents, please visit our meeting minutes page.