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Walter Reed To Offer New Art Therapy Program To Vets

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A creative writing program from the National Endowment for the Arts is being added to the treatment program for some injured American service members. Operation Homecoming was developed in 2004, but this is the first time it's being integrated into a formal medical protocol, according to the endowment.

The program will begin in January at the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda as part of a collaboration with the Department of Defense.

The program is designed for soldiers who suffer from brain injuries and psychological conditions after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it includes two elements. The first is a set of creative writing workshops for injured vets. The second is a four-week writing and storytelling series for soldiers and their families.

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