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Combat Veteran Josh Bleill finds peace in the art therapy process of dance despite losing both his legs in Fallujah.

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Heroes from the Heartland Celebration at the Indiana State Museum

Heroes from the Heartland November 1 through November 11, 2015 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. [Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs., Fri.,…(more)

Women Veterans’ Wartime Memoirs: A Writing Workshop

Women veterans of all ages are invited to join this free memoir-writing workshop designed to help them craft their military…(more)

Art and Art Therapy Resources – Around Indianapolis

Art of the Soul Studio 6350 N. Shadeland Ave. Ste 3. Indianapolis, IN 46220 www.artofthesoulstudio.com Kristi Gmutza, ATR-BC Art 4…(more)

Veterans Antiquities

Veterans Antiquities is the first company spawned by Veterans In Action (VIA), a non-profit organization dedicated to creating businesses run…(more)


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Women Veterans’ Wartime Memoirs: A Writing Workshop

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Women veterans of all ages are invited to join this free memoir-writing workshop designed to help them craft their military stories through prose or poetry. Led by Shari Wagner, a published writer and instructor for the Indiana Writers Center, each two-hour session will include prompts and models, in-class writing activities, discussion, and feedback. Women at all levels of writing experience are welcome. It’s only necessary that they have the desire to develop their writing skills and share their stories. The best work from each veteran will be published in a book by the Indiana Writers Center and celebrated at a public reading in April. This 12-session class, running from October 2015 until March 2016, will meet the first and third Tuesdays of each month, from 1:30-3:30Vonn_WomenVetWorkshop_TW (4) p.m., at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, 304 N. Senate Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Dates: October 6 & 20; November 3 & 17; December 1 & 15; January 5 & 19; February 2 & 16; March 1 & 15 Class size is limited to twenty participants. To register, contact Shari Wagner at sharimwagner@aol.com. The Indiana Writers Center (IWC) educates, inspires, connects, and supports Indiana writers working at all levels and in all genres.  It recognizes the power of stories and advocates for writing and literature as essential to a community that values clarity of communication, honors diversity, and fosters tolerance and compassion. Sponsored by: Indiana Writers Center in partnership with Indiana Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Veterans Antiquities, and the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library.

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Q Artistry Profile

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Six veterans discover relief from PTSD through theater as their form of art therapy.

Andrew Schnieders Profile

Andrew Schnieders Profile

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After returning from 13 months in Iraq, Staff Sgt. Andrews Schnieders, navigates through emotional trauma by drawing.

Lukasz Konopka, Ph.D. Profile

Lukasz Konopka, Ph.D. Profile

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Neuroscientist Lukasz Konopka, Ph.D. explores the science behind art therapy for veterans suffering from PTSD and tramatic brain injury.

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For many civilians, the realities of war are just images on the local news from far-off lands in upheaval. In Telling: San Antonio, a dozen local vets from all walks of life presented their stories and shared their experiences.

Telling: San Antonio

KLRN's Telling: San Antonio

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Veterans Artist Program (VAP)

Veterans Artist Program (VAP) takes veteran artists and propels their works and careers into the mainstream creative arts community.

Combat Paper Project

Participants use the transformative process of papermaking to reclaim their uniforms as art and express their experiences with the military.

The Telling Project

The Telling Project is a performing arts non-profit that employs theater to deepen our understanding of the military and veterans’ experience.

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The Homefront

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View intimate portraits of America's military families, with unprecedented access to soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen and women in the all-volunteer military. The revealing documentary tells stories of pride and patriotism, sacrifice and resilience.

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The THIS OLD HOUSE crew with the DeWitt family.

This Old House Veteran’s Special House Project

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THIS OLD HOUSE partners with Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) to build a house for an Army veteran and his family. A specially adapted home for SSG Matt DeWitt, whose injuries in Iraq resulted in the amputation of both arms, will be life-changing. Pictured: The THIS OLD HOUSE crew with the DeWitt family.

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StoryCorps Shorts: 1st Squad, 3rd Platoon

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In August 2005, Marine Lance Cpl. Travis Williams and his squad were sent on a rescue mission in Barwanah, Iraq. En route, their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. Of Travis' entire 12-person team, he alone survived. Here, Travis reflects on the hours and days after the explosion, as well as his life now, and pays tribute to the men he left behind.

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Military Children from WAMU's Breaking Ground project sheds light on the challenges of being the child of soldiers. Kavitha Cardoza/WAMU

‘Military Children': Coping With The Loss Of A Parent

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Military Children from WAMU's Breaking Ground project sheds light on the challenges of being the child of soldiers. Kavitha Cardoza/WAMU

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Connect with Healing Stories and Resources for Veterans and Their Families

Zachary Bell shares his experience separating from the military and adjusting to civilian life. He talks about what led him to work with other veterans facing similar challenges.

Zach Bell and Family

Zachary Bell and daughters

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Make the Connection-Family & Relationships

See veterans and their families sharing stories about how they helped each other and find resources for veterans.

PTSD: National Center for PTSD

Resources for Veterans and their families to help understand the signs and symptoms of PTSD.

Veterans Crisis Line

Connects Veterans in crisis, their families and friends with qualified, caring DVA responders through a confidential hotline, online chat, or text.

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