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Healing Wounded Spirits

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Retired Chief Warrant Officer of the Indiana Army National Guard, “Dusty” still remembers the places and faces of war and the sadness some of those memories elicit. Yet her somber tone lilts slightly as she describes the work of art she sculpted from a ball of clay. Unlike her military assignments, this one brings a different type of introspection as she speaks about it. Studying its design days later, Dusty interprets its layered meaning as a representation of hope in the face of depression.

She is but one of the Indiana veterans WFYI speaks to in the documentary series Veterans Coming Home to Healing Arts. In it we hear from a number of experts, such as Juliet King, director of the Graduate Art Therapy Program at Herron School of Art and Design. King discusses the therapeutic value of veterans learning to harness their emotions through arts classes and their finished works.

With compassion and fascination, WFYI videographers talk to local vets to bring their stories to life, giving these men and women who served our country a voice and celebrating their new roles following their deployment home.

“These inspiring video stories capture how art served as a turning point in the lives of several local servicemen and women,” says Clayton Taylor, vice president, WFYI Productions. “I think viewers will come away from watching them feeling hopeful and uplifted.”

In addition to this series, the public broadcast station will air several other veterans programs on WFYI in the next several days to honor Tuesday’s national holiday. These include A Salute to the Troops, Service: When Women Come Marching Home, Lest We Forget (about an Army Ranger medic) and Veterans Day 11.11.11 (a day-in-the-life exploration of what it’s like to be a veteran in America) and Navy SEALs - Their Untold Story. Check local listings for the times and days the programs will be shown.

For a glimpse at Veterans Coming Home to Healing Arts, watch the video below.

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