2015 Warrior Care Month Healing Arts

Artwork by Sgt. Timothy Michael Goodrich

   The Healing Arts Program focuses on using art therapy as a way for Soldiers, primarily those who have sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or are dealing with behavioral health issues, to express and communicate their emotions through their artwork, while also promoting a sense of well-being and relaxation. The Healing Arts program was developed at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence, a part of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and added to the four-week program that focuses on Soldiers’ cognitive, physical and behavioral health rehabilitation. The program uses creative arts such as painting, drawing, sculpting and creative writing in both individual and group settings.

   In 2015, Soldiers participating in the program had the opportunity to submit their artwork to the Warrior Care and Transition to be considered as part of the Warrior Care Month Healing Arts Ceremony at the Pentagon on November 12th.

   This gallery features artwork created by WCT Soldiers and Veterans.

Select an Artist

Timothy Michael Goodrich

Rank: SGT

Location: A Co, 1st Battalion Warrior Transition Brigade, Ft Belvoir

Type of Art: Mixed Media

"The therapeutic nature [of art] helped relieve stress and focus my attention...It's an interpretation of what's going on with me and my history."

Donald Downey

Rank: SGT

Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Type of Art: 3D Model

"Building 3D models has helped me focus, relax and given me the opportunity to work with my hands.
I would tell people to take full advantage of the WTB and the resources that they provide for you. Take your time, relax, and focus on what you want to do in the future. You don’t have to do everything all at once. "

James C. O’Leary

Rank: SFC

Location: Fort Sill WTU

Type of Art: 3D Multimedia

"Art has been a way that I can express myself without words, find relaxation, honor others who have served our great nation, and show what military life is like in a positive and professional manner. It is my therapy from the things I have seen and done."

April Darowski

Rank: 1LT


Type of Art: Charcoal & Pastels, Poetry

"The WTU provided me with the medical resources and institutional support that I needed to pull me out of the dark place posttraumatic stress had placed me in. Engaging my demons through art has allowed me to confront the images I see so they no longer hold such a strong grasp on me. ."

Michell Knight

Rank: CPT

Location: Warrior Transition Unit Ft Lewis Joint Base Lewis McCord, Wa

Type of Art: Glass Blowing

"Art became a very unexpected help in my transition as it offered me moments of peace, which I had lost since coming back from combat. Suddenly, my mind was focused, quiet and restful. After the first class, I knew glassblowing was my pathway out of the dark place that I had been boxed in to by past events.."

Larry Dawson

Rank: SSG

Location: Fort Carson, CO

Type of Art: Drawing

Jeanne Falcheck

Rank: MAJ


Type of Art: Screen print and watercolor

Anne Barlieb

Rank: MAJ

Location: Bethesda, MD

Type of Art: Poetry

"Art allows me to express myself and connect with others in ways that speaking cannot. Creating something makes my experiences tangible and helps me separate myself from the pain I have."

Pedro A. Rios

Rank: SFC (P)

Location: Santa Ana, CA

Type of Art: Mostly Acrylics/Mix Media and Plastic Resin

"I would advise fellow injured soldiers to be optimistic and look hopefully into the future while doing something constructive “in the now”. We cannot change what has already happened, but we can change what we do now and plan to do later."

Sydney Davis

Rank: SPC

Location: WTB Fort Belvoir

Type of Art: Pencil, Acrylic, Watercolor on canvas

Vinnie Cerchione

Rank: CPT


Type of Art: Poetry and Ink Jet

Cathie L. Raaf

Rank: LTC

Location: Fort Carson, CO

Type of Art: Watercolor

"No matter where the Army has sent me, I've had my art as an effective stress release."

Lisa Kirk

Rank: MSG

Location: Fort Riley, KS

Type of Art: Pencil Drawing

John Matthews

Rank: LT COL

Location: Peterson AFB, CO

Type of Art: Drawings, Poetry-Photos

"Never give up. Find ways to express yourself, keep active (physically and mentally) and try to help others who may be going through the same issues you have or had."

Andrew Schneiders

Rank: SSG

Location: 219th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade CO

Type of Art: Drawings

"I am a full time AGR Soldier in the INNG. This art program was a key ingredient to me getting back on track after deployment and I have continually passed along and promoted this program to other Veterans, to gain more participation and create more healing ."


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