As a way to help veterans recover from and cope with physical and emotional disabilities, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities across the country are turning to a different form of rehabilitative treatment — creative arts. Each year, veterans enrolled at VA health care facilities showcase their talents in local creative arts competitions. For some, this provides an opportunity to open up and express themselves.
The visual arts division includes 51 categories, ranging from oil paintings to leatherwork to paint-by-number kits. In the performing arts division, there are 100 categories related to all aspects of music, dance, drama, and creative writing.
Through a national judging process, first, second, and third place entries in each category are determined. Only selected first place winners are featured at NVCAF.
Learm more about NVCAF at https://www.blogs.va.gov.
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