Glass Half Full
Leisure Exploration and Creativity with Veterans
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Inside the Episode

In this episode, Natalie and Jess talk with US Navy Seal veteran Rusty Noesner, who sustained multiple head injuries during his time in Afghanistan. Rusty talks about his therapy process, particularly the multiple benefits he discovered through art therapy. He explains the value of leisure exploration to his recovery process, and the meaning found in new leisure activities. He also talks about his new nonprofit, War Paints, which supports veteran artists.

Resources

https://www.warpaints.org

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/inspired-life/wp/2016/11/30/these-soldiers-at-walter-reed-are-making-masks-to-reveal-the-hidden-wounds-of-war-and-to-heal/?utm_term=.dd26ef72a817

http://www.wusa9.com/news/local/new-art-program-helping-wounded-warriors-heal/341668059

http://multibriefs.com/briefs/aata/vets111016.pdf

QOLIBRI Assessment Tool: http://www.qolibrinet.com/index.htm

References

Plach, H. L. and Haertlein Sells, C. (2013). Occupational performance needs of young veterans. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67: 73-81

VA Suicide Prevention Program (July 2016). Facts about veteran suicide. Retrieved from https://www.va.gov/opa/publications/factsheets/Suicide_Prevention_FactSheet_New_VA_Stats_070616_1400.pdf