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Our hospital art programs have served thousands of service members, and we need your help to keep them going.

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Our hospital art programs have served thousands of service members, and we need your help to keep them going.

Helping Veterans Navigate the Path Home

In 2009 US Marine Joe Merritt returned to Camp Lejeune after a combat deployment as a machine gunner to Helmand, Afghanistan with 3rd Battalion 8th Marines and tried to close off the parts of himself he didn’t know how to deal with.

Two years later, a single dad and now a sergeant at Quantico, Joe realized he needed help with the depression, nightmares, and feelings of isolation that were making it hard for him to get out of bed in the morning. While in treatment at Ft Belvoir, Joe discovered community focused art and writing programs. They helped him tell his story, connect, and find new purpose. He became involved—first as a participant, and later as a facilitator.

When the programs that he credited with saving his life were eliminated by the DoD, Joe and a group of veterans, artists, and healthcare providers came together to form Community Building Art Works. With the support of the American people, CBAW makes sure other veterans have the same chance Joe did to discover how to navigate the world again.