Creative Healing for Disabled Veterans
On December 9, two disabled veterans received therapeutic music writing sessions in Nashville thanks to CreatiVets, an organization founded by SAIC alumnus Richard Casper (BFA 2012) that provides art therapy, music, and creative writing opportunities to disabled veterans. Casper, an artist and United States Marine Veteran, started the program in the summer of 2013 to teach veterans how to deal with combat-related stress creatively. “Taking medication and talking with counselors did not have a long-term effect on my psychological needs, so I turned to art and music as an outlet,” he says. "I want to share this form of therapy with other veterans and change their lives for the better.” Through cooperation with APM Music and the Armed Forces Foundation and a partnership with Warner/Chappell Production Music, CreatiVets professionally recorded three songs written by the veterans over the past few months. “I felt better about talking about myself and what happened to me in those few hours than I did talking to a psychiatrist for a whole year,” said one of the participants.