True Patriot Love Military Creative Arts Initiative
Improving the Health and Well-Being of our Military Community through the Creative Arts
There is a growing need to address mental and physical health recovery of Veterans. In Canada, it is estimated that up to 10% of war zone Veterans—including war-service Veterans and peacekeeping forces—will go on to experience a chronic condition known as post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI), while others may experience at least some of the symptoms associated with this condition.
We have seen how community based creative arts programs have helped service members deal with trauma. And when they return home, these interventions make a difference in people’s lives that medicine alone could not achieve.
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Rehabilitation & Recovery is an essential component of the recovery and growth journey for military and Veteran families. With support from the RBC Foundation, The Printing House & Veterans Affairs Canada, True Patriot Love is delighted to offer the inaugural program, Military Creative Arts Initiative, an investment in community-based arts programming for military members, Veterans and their families. This supports an area of need that remains underfunded:
- 60% of medically released military personnel have permanent physical limitations;
- 13.5% of CAF personnel were diagnosed with a mental disorder attributable to Afghanistan deployment four years later; and
- 38% of discharged military personnel fall between the cracks after their military service.
True Patriot Love’s investment in creative arts programming will provide evidence-informed support for activities inclusive of music, art, and other creative endeavors, with the opportunity to build resiliency in military and Veteran families through shared participation in creative arts pursuits.
Examples of programs include: family paint nights, guitar lessons, working with clay, and woodworking. Over time, we will develop a robust offering of dramatic and performance art as a form of recovery and rehabilitation for those who have been injured as a result of their service.
The project will increase access to alternative creative arts programs that have shown to positively impact the physical and mental wellness of active military and those who are transitioning to civilian life.
Belts, wallets and more! #SoldierOn hosted a leatherworking series near @HalifaxSeaport teaching members how to use various tools and skills to work with leather. Special thanks to Bob Campbell studios for providing the instruction to participants over six sessions @tplfoundation pic.twitter.com/X14klkOUtr
— SoldierOnSansLimites (@SoldierOnCAN) May 7, 2021
Goals of the Creative Arts Initiative
- Develop new national strategic collaborations with cultural institutions to promote awareness and a stronger connection with military and Veteran communities.
- Establish avenues of support for Veterans interested in training and employment in the cultural arts sector while promoting resiliency and mental health.
- Provide an opportunity for serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans and their families to participate in local community creative arts programming to build a stronger connection to community and family.