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Veterans and the Arts: Showcase Companion (Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project)
Anyone who has poured their heart into a poem or belted out the lyrics to a ballad understands the catharsis that comes from artistic expression. For veterans, participating in creative pursuits can have particularly therapeutic benefits. Here, we focus on nine veterans who found personal solace and professional fulfillment in fields ranging from creative writing to theater, music, ceramics, and even the culinary arts. No matter the medium, for all of these veterans, creating art helped ease their transition to civilian life after serving.
This web feature acts as a companion to VHP’s Art Showcase, a week-long series of performances and programming held at the Library of Congress in November 2019.
Image: Maurice E. DecaulMaurice E. Decaul
MARINE CORPS
Iraq War

Memoir
Image: Jamie FoxJamie Fox
AIR FORCE
Afghan War

Video Interview
Image: Irwin HandmanIrwin Handman
COAST GUARD
World War II


Video Interview
Image: Charity Ann MahannahCharity A. Mahannah
NAVY
War on Terrorism

Audio Interview
Image: Jonathan NewmarkJonathan Newmark
ARMY
War on Terrorism

Video Interview
Image: Harvey P. PrattHarvey P. Pratt
MARINE CORPS
Vietnam War

Video Interview
Image: Judas RecendezJudas E. Recendez
ARMY
Afghan War
Iraq War


Video Interview
Image: Adolphus StuartAdolphus A. Stuart
MARINE CORPS
Vietnam War

Video Interview
Image: William Arthur Ehren ToolWilliam A.E. Tool
MARINE CORPS
Persian Gulf War

Video Interview
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