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.