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White Paper on National Arts and Health in the Military Released

In partnership with Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Americans for the Arts launched The National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military in January 2012. This Initiative advances the arts in health, healing, and healthcare for military service members, veterans, their families, and their caregivers. The arts have proven to be a successful way of managing pain and stress, promotion self expression, and reconnecting military personnel and veterans to the community – which leads to healthier patients, lower healthcare costs, and a long list of individual, social, and economic benefits.  

Since its founding in 2012, the National Initiative for Arts & Health in the Military has held two national convenings: the Arts and Health in the Military National Roundtable (November 2012) and the National Summit: Arts, Health, and Wellness Across the Military Continuum (April 2013). From these meetings came a series of recommendations in the areas of research, practice, and policy, detailed in the seminal report we are proud to release today: Arts, Health, and Well-Being Across the Military Continuum – White Paper and Framing a National Plan for Action. Check out our webpage for a summary on the key themes of this study and goals of this initiative, and keep an eye out for a post on ARTSBlog tomorrow by our Director of Arts Policy, Marete Wester.

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