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Mission Statement
Artwork by Veterans (AbV) seeks to help Americans understand military service through artwork created by veterans. By networking with Museums and Curators we provide accessible venues for past and present Warriors. AbV artwork and exhibits reveal the effects of war upon our nation’s heroes, provides veterans with a creative venue for expression, and promotes patriotism in a positive light.
The Five Aims of Artwork by Veterans:
A. Collect, preserve, and exhibit artwork inspired by veterans.
B. Educate the American public about military heritage through the Arts
C. Connect the American soldier to the American public
D. Inspire Patriotism in the community
E. Help our warriors heal through the therapy creating art provides.
In recent years, interests in the relationships between art and healing have become a talking point in the medical world. More than three-hundred professional organizations are researching, documenting, and systematizing how engagement with these creative processes impact PTSD, TBI and Depression. AbV wants to join this conversation by providing a creative venue for our nation’s heroes.
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Jun 15, 2012


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"I was a monster.  The littlest of things would set me off.  I was screaming, looking for a fight.  There was so much rage inside of me.  In the end, I guess I was mad at myself...for surviving."

"I still hear the screams, I still hear the blood. I can still taste the dust on my lips.  Every time I close my eyes, my heart leaps into my throat when I see that missing wall, the dust billowing out.  I still feel my throat going raw as I scream for the two that we knew were underneath the rubble.  I still feel his swollen, bloody hand in mine as he fights to live...."

Sometimes I hurt the ones that I love the most, even though they're the ones that I need the most...because there's so much pain and anger and hurt going on inside of my head and my heart that I just don't know what to do with it.  I feel like there's no way to say that I'm sorry enough.  

He tells me that I've started to scream at night.  I'm reaching for a rifle that's no longer at my side to battle ghosts.  I'm holding the hands of men that are no longer here with us.

As someone who has been in the shit outside the wire, this means a lot.  Years ago, PTSD wasn't considered a big deal.  It was written off as combat stress and a soldier was left to struggle on their own.  I'm so happy that light is being shed on PTSD awareness.    There's nothing quite so harrowing as living in the past over and over and over again.  I still dream of the roof collapsing, of having to dig T and Z out of that mess.  Of the squad getting shot at hours after we had to put our men on the flying red cross.  I remember the rage and wanting to rip the creature who did this to my friends apart piece by piece by little piece.  

There's no cure but time.  Talking helps.  I've calmed down since this, but not enough.  I wake up screaming, my heart pounding.  I can't watch war scenes any more.  Act of Valor, as beautiful as it is, sends me into a combined panic and rage.  I break things.  I want to go back, to be there with my brothers and sisters and arms as they go through the shit.  I owe it to them.  

Today's a day for the nation to recognize a person's invisible scars, paying particular attention to the veterans that suffer from it.  I wasn't aware of it until many of the military support pages on Facebook started posting about it.  It's a terrifying, stressful, aggravating, shitty thing to live with whether you're the person with it or living with the person who has it.  If you know of someone who has been through hell (it doesn't have to be war to be traumatic, trust me) talk to them.  But more importantly, listen.

Please, spread the awareness. Someone out there needs it.
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TreborNehoc Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2018   Photographer
just curious, there's 42 members and 44 watchers listed for this group but is anyone active?  looks like i'm the only one submitting anything lately.
bannanello Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
I was in the US Navy.
hammerstormusa Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2015
I am a veteran and a comic book producer. I own a small comic book start up company called HammerStormUSA. I have a concept I've been working on for a charity project to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The concept pairs military veterans with artist to tell real stories of individual combat through the eyes of the men and women who lived to tell the tale. Currently there are two veterans working one concept art for the cover of the first issue. I've assembled about 2/3's of the resources to push this project forward, but I would like to find experienced writer to polish up the stories that will be featured and artist who would work in conjunction with an experienced comic book artist to do touch up work. This is a charity project and all involved will be volunteering their time and talents. If your interested or know someone who would be, I would appreciate any assistance you could lend the project.
DanielLeeHawk Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
New update on the Web Site!
I really like where this is going and with Lyle Dillie's help, there is a huge number of vet artist on the site now.
We have almost 100 likes on Facebook!
DanielLeeHawk Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
sorry about the Member join requests everyone. I think I fixed the settings now.
DanielLeeHawk Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Facebook link, the other one is broken for some reason.
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