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Operation Homecoming

About the cover: Lance Corporal Nicholas G. Ciccone by Michael D. Fay, a portrait drawn during their duty in Afghanistan. Ciccone committed suicide in 2003. Courtesy of the Art Collection, National Museum of the Marine Corps, Triangle, Virginia This week on Art Works we're featuring stories...
This week, as we prepare for the upcoming special issue of NEA Arts which looks at the arts and the military, the podcast features a conversation with Operation Homecoming instructor, Ron Capps. Capps served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve for 25 years. Since leaving the military, he has worked...
Artwork by a service member participating in the NICoE’s Healing Arts Program. Image courtesy of NICoE In this week's podcast , art therapist Melissa Walker takes us through the Healing Arts program at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) at Walter Reed National Military Medical...
If you asked me early in my medical career how the arts played a role in healing, I might have checked to see if you had a fever. How times have changed. Over the past 30 years, I have watched our profession evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of our wounded warriors. Some of those who have...
Washington, DC Brian Turner. Photo by Kim Buchheit, courtesy of Blue Flower Arts. "If a body is what you want,/then here is bone and gristle and flesh." ---from "Here, Bullet" by Brian Turner Having served in the U.S. military for seven years, in his work poet Brian Turner bears...
Washington, DC "Drive-in" by Charles Henry via Flickr In the Operation Homecoming section on our website , you can browse essays on writing from authors such as Richard Bausch and Dan Rifenburg, writing samples such as "Star-Fix," Marilyn Nelson's poem about the Tuskegee...
Washington, DC At the September 12, 2006, launch event for the Operation Homecoming anthology, contributors and fans alike crowded the Library of Congress to celebrate. Photo by Kevin Allen Operation Homecoming anthology contributor Christy De'on Miller, a retired U.S. Army mission specialist,...
Washington, DC Richard Bausch presenting an Operation Homecoming workshop at Fort Drum in Watertown, New York. Photo by Betty Doherty, US Army MWR A signature component of Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience was the creative writing workshops---led by authors such as Marilyn Nelson...
Washington, DC The Tyndall Air Force Base (Florida) audience enjoying a Pensacola Opera performance as part of NEA?s Great American Voices initiative. Photo courtesy of Tyndall Air Force Base This past April, in my capacity as a board member of Americans for the Arts, I testified before the House...
Washington, DC Operation Homecoming contributor Daniel Uhles (left) and his son Neil on May 9, 2005. Neil was leaving for his second deployment to Iraq. Photo courtesy of Daniel Uhles. In 2004, the NEA partnered with the U.S. Department of Defense, the Southern Arts Federation, and The Boeing...