Josh Ebert, an Army Veteran, wanted to give back to the Milwaukee VA Medical Center, and he did the only way he knew how – with art. Ebert painted a mural for the newly built inpatient mental health unit located on 3C.
Veterans, family members and the community are invited to the Great American Smokeout at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center on Nov. 21. There will be booths inside the Matousek auditorium from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The stigma of a mental health diagnosis may be one reason many veterans don’t seek help. The theatrical production “Pieces” looks to remove that stigma, while raising awareness on the subject of mental health.
There are many ways of treating mental health conditions; creative arts are used by the Milwaukee VA as a form of treatment. The “Feast of Crispian,” using works of Shakespeare, sounds like acting but it’s not.
The idea of the Coffee House was originally designed for veterans in various therapy programs to channel their talents. The “Coffee House” name is a play on the neighborhood coffee houses where people often perform.