The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University Combines Forces to Help Find Ways to Heal Veterans and Military Families through the Arts

The IVMF was awarded a research contract from the Americans for the Arts as part of the Creative Forces™: NEA Military Healing Arts Network initiative

Transitioning from military to civilian life is a challenging process touching every facet of a veteran’s life. Relationships, employment, health, and more are all affected turning this transitioning period. There are numerous programs to support veterans during this complex period and one area of support found to be extremely effective is art therapy.

“We are honored to be working with Americans for the Arts and the NEA to conduct this important research,” says Vice Chancellor and IVMF Executive Director Mike Haynie. “The study will assist with the design of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Creative Forces Initiative, as it pertains to the needs of military and veteran family resilience.”

The IVMF’s NEA Creative Forces study will research the factors influencing the overall health, well-being, and quality of life for veterans, service members and their families.

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