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CreatiVets’ mission is to provide disabled veterans with the opportunity to use art therapy, music, and creative writing to address the psychological and emotional needs that arise from combat-related trauma.
CreatiVets has been successful in significantly improving the lives of many disabled veterans. The program pairs veterans with professional musicians or artists, and together they create pieces through which the veterans can share their stories. One veteran said about his experience, "I felt better about talking about myself and what happened to me in those few hours than I did talking to a psychiatrist for a whole year. Now whenever I need to be calmed down I can listen to or play the song we wrote, instead of sitting in an office talking to someone who doesn’t understand."Currently, veterans who come through the CreatiVets program are being taken to Nashville, TN, where they are paired with professional song writers for music therapy sessions. As of now, veterans’ flights are covered through Southwest Airlines tickets that are donated by the Armed Forces Foundation. Additionally, the music professionals working with the veterans donate their time. However, hotel fees, traveling fees in the city, and food costs are being paid for through generous donations of supporters.
- Richard Casper
- (309) 712-8404
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