Veterans, Healing and the Arts

November 11, 2014 6:43 PM

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Today is Veterans Day, a time when our nations on the contribution, sacrifice and legacy of our military service members and their families. For many of us, these reflections can turn deeply personal. I'm thinking of my father, who served overseas as a young private in World War II and then later retired as a major in the intelligence branch, U.S. Army Reserves, and of my mother, who was honored here in Washington last spring for her work in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps during WWII.

Each military family's story is unique, but collectively they form an important part of American life, just as the arts do. This is why the National Initiative for Arts and Health in the Military, coordinated by Americans for the Arts, is so important and involves some 16 other national partners. Th...

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