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Carole Meekins: Positively Milwaukee

Helping Veterans Recover

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I was out at the Clement J. Zablocki V.A. Medical Center this week. I was thrilled to hear some of the talent that will be featured at the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. The local stage show will take place this Monday. March 3rd. It was a treat to hear a sample of the talent. There will be music drama poetry, dance and even creative writing. So many of our Veterans have hidden talents. They need creative outlets to express themselves. The arts give them a much needed aesthetic experience. They tell me performing improves their self esteem, and gives their souls a lift. Many of the men and women are still dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Some have battled everything from substance abuse to depression. But with a strong support system, they can shine. Self expression is a great boost to recovery. It is a music and art therapy can touch hearts, souls and lives. This Monday the Local Stage Show of the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival will showcase some of our local talent. First place winners will go on to a National Competition in June. You will see a few of the performers an upcoming "Positively Milwaukee". But my trip to the VA Medical Center was enough to remind me that we all owe our Veterans a lot. And we should chose to serve them, just like they served us!

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