The National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Walter Reed Hospital, A “Beacon of Hope”
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The various arts therapies are now a part of the approved health regimen in veterans’ healthcare. The National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Walter Reed Hospital has been developing arts therapy programs over the last six years; these will now expand into a 12-site network in VA hospitals across the country. This article from the Washington Post provides a good introduction to the program and its impact on veterans. The VA has been using various arts therapies since shortly after World War II, when it supported the early development of music therapy for difficult to treat cases. Over the decades the arts as therapy have grown in a number of different ways in the VA medical system. It is most critical to encourage the use of arts therapies in a systematic way across the entire medical system.
“A novel arts therapy program encourages soldiers to paint their emotions on papier-mache masks…”
The Creative Apothecary Applauds the Work of the National Intrepid Center of Excellence at Walter Reed Hospital!