Vet Arts Connect- In the News

Press Release: Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, 2/21/2019

Creative Forces & CSC Work to Heal Veterans at Walter Reed

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Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, a VAC program partner, announced an expansion of its acting program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. These acting workshops will help US veterans, their families, and their caregivers confront the challenges of injury and the emotional experiences of war. Vet Arts Connect will be on hand to collect and evaluate the data of this program. 

To read the full press release and learn more about this initiative, click here.

News Article: The Baltimore Sun, 6/3/2017

The bold, the brave, The Bard: Five veterans turn to theater to tell their stories

Five Vet Arts Connect participants in the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company's theater program discuss their experiences with healing using the performing arts. The "Olive Branch and Laurel Crown: Peace and War Through Shakespeare's Text" program uses the work of the Bard to explore the feelings and experiences associated with war. 

To read this in-depth article and to hear their experiences, click here.
Press Release: 10/25/2017

Veterans Hike Across Maryland: Just for the Health of It
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The Veterans Hike Across Maryland, a joint program with Vet Arts Connect and the Mid Atlantic Hiking Group, announced an end-of-program celebration to be held on Veterans Day 2017. More than 40 participants have signed up to join the final hike of the season, which will end in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. 

Veterans Hike Across Maryland began in September at the Pennsylvania/Maryland line on the Appalachian Trail. The participants completed more than 41 miles of the Appalachian Trail across five consecutive hikes. 

This annual program is free to veterans and open to all service branches, no matter of rank, gender or years served. Each participant is required to take at least three of the five hikes and participate in an evaluation process that includes surveys at the beginning and the end of the program to test for improvement in symptoms that are commonly associated with the most common invisible wounds of war including PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.) 

The research from the project is designed to investigate the impact of active engagement in arts and nature activities on symptoms like stress, anxiety, depression, social interaction, sleep disturbance, and anger. 

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