Wisconsin Public Radio interview with Michael Telzrow

Wisconsin Public radio has recently done an interview on the WAR:RAW exhibit with Michael Telzrow the executive director of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum which Aired on Friday at 5:00 pm.

The interview is now available to stream or download on the WPR Website.

How suicidal veterans can get help

A news story posted in the Green Bay Press Gazette from Christopher McNulty discusses a report that was made about veteran suicide statistics sourced by the Associated Press. The report did not discuss resources for veterans seeking help so Mr McNulty took it upon himself to spread the word in regards to the options many veterans have available to them. To read the original post, click this link to the Green Bay Press Gazette.

GREEN BAY — Watching the news on Jan. 10, I saw a set of statistics of veteran suicides (source was cited as The Associated Press). I was concerned as the report did not provide any resources for veterans. It was brought to my attention by other veterans that this also disturbed them that there were no resources presented in the report.

Myself and many of these other veterans are and have been affected by our service in the military. As for me I could have been part of these statistics also. I served 21 years in the military. In 2011 I attempted suicide. Since then I have received treatment and care for post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and other conditions through the following organizations: Department of Veterans Affairs, Vet Centers, and Artist for the Humanities, Healing Warrior Hearts, and Veterans Treatment Court. Public service announcements are available at VA.gov, vetcenter.va.gov, vba.va.gov, IAVA.org, realwarriors.net, maketheconnection.net, and many more.

Phone numbers that I feel should be listed when veteran-related issues are cited: The Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 option 1 or The Veterans Combat Call Center at 1-877-927-8387. These are provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and are staffed 24 hours a day.

Christopher McNulty

Expressive Art Helps Veterans With PTSD Heal

The Return & Recovery Program for Military Veterans, sponsored by the non-profit organization, A4TH (Artists for the Humanities), couples the use of expressive art with mental health counseling in a unique approach to assisting veterans deal with PTSD. The drawing a veteran creates acts as a catalyst for therapeutic discussions that occur with the mental health professionals. The drawing also enables the veteran to share a powerful story with the other veterans participating in the group setting, the artist and mental health counselor. By expressing their personal experience, others can respond with acceptance, respect and support.

Expressive art has shown an ability to be very helpful in getting the participating veteran and the therapist to begin openly discussing the core issues affecting the veteran early on and thus begin the veteran’s healing and recovery much faster. The use of this treatment modality allows for more quality time between the veteran and the mental health counselors. Those veterans that have participated in our group sessions have seen excellent progress as reported by their mental health counselor and by the participating veterans themselves.

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