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Americans for the Arts Action Alert

Arts Action Fund LogoToday is Veterans Day – a day in which we all take a moment to recognize the service and sacrifices that members of our military have provided to our country. Since 2001, more than two million U.S. troops have been deployed and are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan facing physical and emotional challenges requiring more than medical treatment to resolve. The arts can play an important role in assisting service members and veterans coping with post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, and major depression by helping them express themselves and share their experiences.

Working through a National Steering Committee comprised of federal agency, military, nonprofit and private sector partners, Americans for the Arts launched the National Initiative for Arts and Health in the Military (NIAHM). This initiative represents the first time the military has come together with a coalition of civilian public and private sector agencies to ensure quality access to the arts for the health and well-being of service members, veterans and their families in communities across the country. Read more about how this initiative came together through a column published today in Huffington Post.

Last month, NIAHM released our White Paper and Blueprint for action, which offers research and recommendations for using the arts to address some of the military’s most pressing concerns. Last week, Americans for the Arts sent the report to every member of Congress, and next week we are briefing congressional staff and hosting a national Google Hangout on the topic.

Your member of Congress currently serves on a key Congressional committee which oversees policy or funding for our nation’s armed services or veterans.

Please take two minutes to send a customizable message sharing the findings of this initiative and highlighting the role the arts can play in helping our nation’s service members to deal with the challenges throughout their military service—from  deployment to homecoming.

Please help us continue this important work by becoming an official member of the Arts Action Fund. If you are not already a member, you can play your part by joining the Arts Action Fund today — it’s free and easy to join.

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