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PHOTOGRAPHY III

PHOTOGRAPHY III

Photography III   Are you interested in improving your photographs?  This is an introductory course using computer software to edit your images (such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom).  Learn how to open, save and resize an image. Understand how resolution affects your final print. Learn to adjust the tone and color of an image.  Take Read More
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PEN & INK DRAWING II

PEN & INK DRAWING II

Pen & Ink Drawing II   Using a permanent ink pen, pencil, blender and paper you will doodle, doodle and doodle! You can be a beginner or experienced artist, anything is possible, one stroke at a time. Students will learn methods to begin a doodle or drawing using different shapes and shading to create a Read More
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19 People Describe What It’s Like to Have PTSD

19 People Describe What It’s Like to Have PTSD

Trauma can change your brain — and for those who go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), this trauma can carry into your everyday life. It’s not something you can “just forget,” and someone’s triggers might not make sense to people who’ve never experienced it. But PTSD is very real, offering daily challenges and making a world Read More
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PEN & INK DRAWING

PEN & INK DRAWING

Pen & Ink Drawing I   Using a permanent ink pen, pencil, blender and paper you will doodle, doodle and doodle! You can be a beginner or experienced artist, anything is possible, one stroke at a time. Students will learn methods to begin a doodle or drawing using different shapes and shading to create a Read More
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PTSD Cases Triple

PTSD Cases Triple

WASHINGTON — More than one in five veterans receiving federal disability payouts suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, a figure that has spiked in the last decade. Veterans Affairs officials told lawmakers Tuesday that the number of disability cases related to PTSD has nearly tripled in that time, from around 345,000 cases in fiscal 2008 to Read More
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Music Therapy Helping Marines

Music Therapy Helping Marines

Each year thousands of members of the U.S. Armed Forces suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI). While most TBIs are mild, severe cases can be debilitating both mentally and physically. At Camp Pendleton’s Intrepid Spirit Center, marines are undergoing evidence-based music therapy to treat TBI’s. Working with a board-certified music therapist, sessions help with cognition, memory attention, emotional processing, fine Read More
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Iraq War veteran Russell Ault copes through drawing

Iraq War veteran Russell Ault copes through drawing

By Taylor Smith tsmith@oregonian.com “I think about the guys that didn’t make it,” Ault said. “Why am I on this earth?” They were flames of fiery orange and red that licked the backdrop of the canvas, Russell Ault explained of his painting. The shadowy figure in the center could be any soldier, but the Purple Heart pinned Read More
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Art therapy to help veterans heal

Art therapy to help veterans heal

Center offers art therapy to help veterans heal from images of war Nicole Grigg 4:24 PM, Oct 17, 2017   St. Petersburg, Fla. – At 93 years old World War II veteran Peter Garino can stand and paint and recount story after story through nine generations.  He volunteers his time painting at the Veterans Art Center Tampa Read More
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PHOTOGRAPHY I

PHOTOGRAPHY I

Are you interested in having a basic understand of a digital camera and basic shooting techniques?  This class will help you answer those questions as well as help you to take more meaningful photographs.  Through this course your photographs will progress from a snap shot to an image reflecting personal artistic decisions.
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FOUNDATIONS TO DRAWING & PAINTING

FOUNDATIONS TO DRAWING & PAINTING

Foundations to Drawing & Painting   Have you always had an interest in art but maybe you’ve never taken a class?  Then this is the class for you!  This course is designed to help students develop ways to communicate meaningful ideas through drawing and painting.  Students will explore the use of drawing and painting techniques Read More
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HEROIC MASKS OF SCULPEY

HEROIC MASKS OF SCULPEY

Heroic Masks of Sculpey   For millennia, masks have provided humanity with the means to express specific qualities of the human condition and its journey and passage through life. Deep Africa has its mesmerizing faces of the “witch” doctor; and today in the west, we have the captivating superheroes of Marvel and DC comics. In Read More
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HEALING THE SCARS

HEALING THE SCARS

Army veteran uses art to cope with PTSD RYAN WILUSZ Staff Writer   Jan 2, 2018   It felt like a punch to the gut. James Gillon stepped off the plane in 2009 and felt the dry Afghanistan heat bombard his 19-year-old face like an enemy attack. But even more than the heat, he felt uncertain Read More
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Students invite veterans to ‘Message of a Mask’ event

Students invite veterans to ‘Message of a Mask’ event

ELKO — Everybody has a different story and there are many ways to tell it. That’s the idea that Elko County School District educators, partnered with Great Basin College and the Veterans Resource Center, are conveying to students and veterans alike this January. The Veterans and Students: Message of a Mask event will be held Read More
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SCULPTING THE MARINE CORPS WAR MEMORIAL

SCULPTING THE MARINE CORPS WAR MEMORIAL

This week I had the opportunity to interview a veteran who will be coming with us on Roswell Rotary’s 8th Honor Air trip, just scheduled for May 16, 2016. This is our opportunity to honor WWII, Korean and Vietnam War veterans with a day trip to Washington, D.C. at absolutely no cost to them. John “Paul” Howard served in Read More
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Green Beret Vet Turns Passion Into Freedom-loving Coffee Company

Green Beret Vet Turns Passion Into Freedom-loving Coffee Company

Have you ever wondered what freedom smells like? According to Evan Hafer, Green Beret veteran and entrepreneur, it smells like Black Rifle Coffee (BRCC). Coffee Forged by Combat and Fire Trust us: Hafer knows coffee as well as he knows danger. He spent a good deal of his career in special forces and as a Read More
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Art Therapy: A Useful Treatment for Veterans With PTSD

Art Therapy: A Useful Treatment for Veterans With PTSD

They say, “War is hell”. A person never knows what to expect in the heat of battle. One moment the silence is deafening, and the next moment the countryside erupts in percussive explosions with the endless spray of bullets flying everywhere. Sometimes it is hard to tell, under the constant shelling and lifeless bodies strewn Read More
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Art & Healing | PTSD

Art & Healing | PTSD

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) represent significant burdens for those afflicted, their caregivers, and military and civilian healthcare delivery systems. New approaches are urgently needed to help active service members suffering from PTSD & TBI thrive on duty and successfully transition to civilian life. The application of creative and expressive therapies Read More
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Calm Through Creativity: How Arts Can Aid Trauma Recovery

Calm Through Creativity: How Arts Can Aid Trauma Recovery

TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE It takes a lot of effort for the brain to deal with trauma. Whether because of post-traumatic stress disorder or the many adaptive behaviors that victims use instinctively in threatening situations, the traumatized brain is constantly on high-alert, particularly its lower regions, where survival instincts originate. Simple artistic activities like drawing or sculpting Read More
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Healing Invisible Wounds: Art Therapy and PTSD

Healing Invisible Wounds: Art Therapy and PTSD

Healing Invisible Wounds: Art Therapy and PTSD Coloring has especially become instrumental as I recover from PTSD.   When I color during therapy, it creates a safe space for me to express painful feelings from my past. Coloring engages a different part of my brain that allows me to process my trauma in a different Read More
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Powerful Photos Depict Veterans Who Use Art Therapy To Heal

Powerful Photos Depict Veterans Who Use Art Therapy To Heal

POSTED ON JUNE 1, 2015 UPDATED ON JUNE 1, 2015 This photo series originally appeared in the February issue of National Geographic magazine. Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan often return home with wounds that can’t be seen on the surface: brain injuries resulting from the shockwaves that follow explosions. Some veterans, including service members at Walter Read More
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OPERATION A.R.T.™

OPERATION A.R.T.™

Artistry • Reconnection • Transformation A.R.T. always tells a story. A.R.T. is a way to share without speaking. In 2017, The Joel Fund launched a partnership with the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre to bring art classes to the veterans in our community.  This year, the program is expanding to include the veteran’s family members.  Operation A.R.T.™ students will Read More
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Donations for the VA Hospital in Durham

Donations for the VA Hospital in Durham

     This November, The Joel Fund worked with several businesses in downtown Wake Forest to collect items for the VA Hospital in Durham. The hospital was in need of a variety of items from sweatshirts to coffee cups to decks of cards. These amazing businesses helped us collect a trunk load of items for Read More
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Fair Winds and Following Seas

Fair Winds and Following Seas

ANOTHER LEGACY INSERTS UNDER THE PEARLY GATES. JOE, YOU ARE RELIEVED OF THE WATCH; WE HAVE THE WATCH. FAIR WINDS AND FOLLOWING SEAS MATE, YOU WILL BE MISSED BY THOSE WHO ARE NEVER OUT OF THE FIGHT. LONG LIVE THE BROTHERHOOD. SEE YOU IN FORT PIERCE, 2015. These words came to me in an email Read More
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Giving Time

Giving Time

“The greatest gift you can give someone is your time.  Because when you give your time, you are giving a portion of your life that you will never get back.” – Unknown I always remember my dad wearing his diving watch. He never took it off. As a child, I remember studying the watch because Read More
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What Someone Who Struggles With Mental Illness Wants You To Know

What Someone Who Struggles With Mental Illness Wants You To Know

What Someone Who Struggles With Mental Illness Wants You To Know By GREATIST on July 18, 2016   People who have struggled with mental illness share the things they want their significant other to know. Editor’s Note: This article written by Alex Dunne was originally published on Greatist, a digital publication committed to happy and healthy lifestyle choices.   Read More
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Majority Of Veteran Suicides Are 50 And Older And We Don’t Know Why

Majority Of Veteran Suicides Are 50 And Older And We Don’t Know Why

Majority Of Veteran Suicides Are 50 And Older And We Don’t Know Why By TOM BERGER on July 8, 2016      These are deeply disturbing statistics, especially for the Vietnam cohort. On July 7, the Veterans Health Administration released new data about veterans’ suicides, based upon examination of over 55 million veteran records from 1979 to 2014 Read More
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The Best Things In Life Aren’t Things

The Best Things In Life Aren’t Things

Navy SEAL: The Best Things In Life Aren’t Things At All, But Relationships By THE HAVOK JOURNAL on June 17, 2016       A former Navy SEAL shares the way his perspective has evolved since getting out of the military. Editor’s Note: This article by Craig “Sawman” Sawyer originally appeared on Havok Journal, which seeks to serve as Read More
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This Iraq War Vet Isn’t Running From PTSD

This Iraq War Vet Isn’t Running From PTSD

In His Run For Congress, This Iraq War Vet Isn’t Running From PTSD By JAMES CLARK on May 17, 2016      Marine veteran Sean Barney talks about his run for Congress, his military service, and the role of veterans in politics. On May 12, 2006, Lance Cpl. Sean Barney was serving in Fallujah, Iraq, as a Marine Read More
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Vietnam Marines Reunited

Vietnam Marines Reunited

These Vietnam Marines Reunited After 50 Years To Recreate Image Of Brotherhood By ADAM LINEHAN on April 26, 2016      In 1966, four Marines took a group photo right before shipping off to Vietnam. Five decades later, they took it again. It’s a story as old as war itself. A young man leaves home for the military. Read More
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