“Painting allows Veterans to explore places within themselves that they might not speak of, nor perhaps have the words to do so. The beginning of the first day of every workshop starts with meditation where Veterans are asked to suspend judgment of themselves and allow their psyches to engage in painting. The intent is to allow the Veteran’s subconscious ‘to be conscious’ which enables their self-portraits to reflect their experiences.”

Dr. Felisa Gaffney, Returning Veterans of Diablo Valley

 

It’s hard for us military veterans to stay motivated on our own, because we don’t exist