“Creating” a New Lease on Life

January 15, 2017

It’s a new year, and a renewed time for veterans in care at VA Hospitals nationwide to test their creative mettle… During January, February and March, veterans enrolled at VA medical facilities or outpatient clinics are invited to enter their art, music, dance, drama and creative writing entries into the local competition phase of the…

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Painting with a Purpose

November 15, 2016

Thanks to BVL, veterans at the Ohio Veterans Home in Georgetown are finding their creative spark, as well as learning a lifelong leisure skill, through a special art program designed to provide the tips, tools and techniques to get their juices flowing.   Says Activity Director Melissa Ladd, “The veterans experience so much satisfaction from starting…

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Horses Healing Heroes

October 15, 2016

Gulf War Veteran Ben Hernandez still remembers clearly the carnage he witnessed on the infamous “Highway of Death” leading from Kuwait into Iraq. “It was a massacre. It got into my head.” That, combined with a friendly fire attack, plus an enemy bombardment resulted in PTSD issues upon his return. He is in counseling and…

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Get On Board

September 25, 2016

  “Surf’s Up” is not just the rallying cry of Southern California beachgoers – Every September it is the call to recently-injured veterans to try their skills in a variety of water sports at the National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic (NVSSC). Thanks to this event, veterans get the chance to (among other sports) surf, sail,…

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The Eagle Has Landed in Augusta

August 15, 2016

Charlie Norwood VAMC “USO” themed game room and billiards room referred to and named by our Veterans as the “Eagles Nest” is their safe haven. The “Eagle’s Nest” offers a valuable opportunity for our Hospitalized Veterans to socialize with others in similar situations. So when they come into these areas specially created for them with…

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Smooth Strumming

July 25, 2016

  BVL is Brightening Veterans’ Lives through the gift of music. A group of veterans at the New York Harbor Healthcare System are finding both spirt and solace by learning how to play the guitar.  Music therapy is a proven path to healing.  See how the days are brighter for a group Veterans thanks to…

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