A Time to Heal
Many of our nation's war veterans return home with unseen psychological wounds such as acute anxiety, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (MTBI) that may take months or years to recover from.
The application of creative and expressive therapies as part of a treatment plan for those suffering from PTSD, MTBI and other related anxiety disorders has 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.
Art as a Healing Tool
The objective of the Veteran's Art Program is to offer art workshops and classes free of charge to military veterans (and their care givers). These workshops will be 2 - 3 hour long sessions and will be held on a weekly basis in most cases.
The workshops will be conducted in a non-clinical, non-directive manner, and are meant to be a relaxing experience and creative outlet to help alleviate stress and anxiety.
The Veteran Art Workshops are open to all military veterans and their caregivers. Cost is free to the participants.
For a list of classes and additional information, contact Brad at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Brad Carraway is a decorated combat Veteran who served for 20 years in the Army National Guard and retired in 2008. His battilion was deployed to Iraq (OIF III) from 2004 - 2005 as Combat MP's \ Convoy Security Platforms providing armored escorts for supply convoys traveling throughout the Iraqi warzone.
He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, holding degrees in Graphic Design and Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Psychology. Brad is a Certified Peer Support Specialist (SCDMH) and a councilor to fellow combat Veterans who have also struggled to understand and heal the emotional scars from their traumatic experiences.
Mr Carraway is active in many veteran support programs and is continually exploring the use of expressive creative therapy as a form of treatment for combat induced PTSD. He also produces and exhibits Veteran themed artwork and gives educational talks and lectures on the benefits of art as a treatment for the symptoms of PTSD.