War veterans trying to ease PTSD symptoms using creative expression

War veterans trying to ease PTSD symptoms using creative expression

More and more veterans across the United States are trying to ease their symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) using creative expression, thanks to Congress’ growing support for the Creative Forces NEA Military Healing Arts program.

This year, Congress approved an additional amount of $1.98 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts budget for providing bigger support to the Creative Forces NEA Military Healing Arts program.

Next year, the program will be expanded further by adding five new art therapy sites. Currently, there are seven art therapy sites scattered across the nation.

An increasing number of veterans have been finding the therapy helpful in getting rid of PTSD. Wally Kollmann, who served the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, said he turned to the art therapy after suffering PTSD for nearly 45 years.

When asked for a comment, Kollmann said, “I’ve had nightmares throughout the last 45 years of being forced into a cage. I’m hoping that by doing and seeing what I’ve got here I can help release that and what I’m finding is, it’s releasing some pressure.”

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, more than a quarter of Vietnam veterans (26 per cent) have suffered PTSD symptoms or signs of impairment related to the condition all through their lives.


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