Invoking the Senses with Art: Paint and Snack

Held at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center on April 11, 2023, “Paint and Snack” is a repeating event, an empowering creative session where Veterans are introduced to art for creative purposes. It’s not an art “class” per se, but rather an invitation through art into a therapeutic realm. Art has the power to smooth out the destructive side effects of PTSD and related conditions, allowing a more positive avenue to improve self-awareness and self-empowerment.

Phyllis Thomas Miller, a veteran US Navy /Vietnam, created the program in 2010, incorporating over 25 years of her experience in fine art, graphic design, and medical illustration. During Paint and Snack, Veterans have a chance to share stories and discuss broad topics, from sports to world affairs, and about VA community happenings and concerns. Next event is May16th, at the same venue. NVF Counselor Louis Geiger, a recognized artist whose work appears below, is already looking forward to it!

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About the Author

Rich Rudnick

Rich Rudnick served in the U.S. Navy from 1977 through 1983 as an Interior Communications Electrician’s Mate aboard the USS Manitowoc out of Little Creek, Virginia. After leaving the service, he worked as a bench tech and as a system specialist, designing multi-story building heating and ventilation systems. For the last 15 years, he has worked for organizations serving the homeless. He joined the NVF in February 2007.


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