Art Therapy Being Added For Injured U.S. Soldiers

WASHINGTON (AP) — A creative writing program from the National Endowment for the Arts is being added to the treatment program for injured U.S. soldiers who have brain injuries and conditions after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Arts Endowment is announcing Wednesday that its Operation Homecoming writing program will be offered for the first time as part of a formal military treatment program. Patients will begin using the program in January at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

There will be creative writing workshops for injured soldiers as part of their clinical rehabilitation and a four-week writing and storytelling series for soldiers and their families at the Fisher House residence for families at Walter Reed.

The program is a partnership with the Department of Defense.

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