“Often times I’ve been asked if I’m okay or what it’s like to be deployed or what it’s like being wounded in action. It’s difficult to explain and art gives us the ability to express what is hard to put into words. It helps us let our emotions go without the uncomfortable feeling of someone staring you in the face waiting for a response, but instead they stare at the piece you created and can come up with their own conclusions. It’s therapeutic to be vulnerable at times and it hopefully helps individuals get a better understanding of our service members. CreatiVets helps bridge that gap.”
-Veteran Participant, Art Program

Songwriting Program

“That 3 hour writing session did more for me than the past 6 years at the VA.”

— Veteran Participant, Songwriting Program

Visual Arts Program

“It’s hard to express in words how I felt after that experience, but I know I let go of something deep and feel that this experience is going to allow me to maintain that positive attitude while giving me the courage to live a meaningful life with my children.”

— Veteran Participant, Art Program