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The Graffiti of War Project...
Offering a unique, individual perspective, through their eyes and their emotions. Each image represents a moment in time, when an emotion was captured in ink, paint, or pencil, an unconventional historical record of this generation's war. Our Mission is that through sharing these images, we will begin a dialog between soldier and civilian, to bridge this ever-widening divide between those who have endured these wars and the rest of the world that can only imagine the horrors. To bring understanding and true empathy of what these men and women experience during modern conflicts.
Capturing Our Generation's Conflict Art...
We are collecting these images any way we can, through submissions to our website, on Facebook and those sent into us via email. Each day that goes by we lose dozens of these culturally significant creations.
Because of this statistic, The Graffiti of War Project headed an expedition to Kuwait and Iraq to embed with US Forces ahead of the impending withdraw in 2012. During our almost month-long effort, our team was able to document over 2,000 images, raise awareness of our mission and interview dozens of warfighters, civilians and local nationals, however, we still need your help.
Through your participation, we can ensure that we document as much of this Conflict Art (www.Facebook.com/ConflictArt) as we can for this generation and those to come. These unconventional works of art represent a new genre of art to be admired, marveled at and studied but only with your help.
The Invisible Wounds of War...
Now more than ever, our veterans are becoming homeless faster than compared to those coming home from Vietnam.* According to a recent CBS 60 Minutes story, when Vietnam veterans came back, it took 8 to 10 years before they succumbed to homelessness. Now, within a year of separation from the Armed Forces, our warfighters are on the street, homeless. Though some of them are victims of our economy, these staggering statistics point to the increased occurence of invisible wounds such as mTBI, TBI and PTSD.
The ultimate goal of this project and book is help raise awareness of these invisible wounds of war and with the help of our non-profit partners such as GiveAnHour.org, develop both traditional and non-traditional forms of treatment such as Music and Art Therapy.
Upon the release of the book, The Graffiti of War, a large portion of the proceeds will be used to develop and provide these alternative methods and to help erase the stigma associated with reaching out for help. If our warfighters won't reach out to us, it is OUR RESPONSIBILITY to reach out and care for them.
Fullfilling our Pledge to Their Sacrifice...
We have NO political affiliation, NO ulterior agenda other than to ensure our brothers and sisters-in-arms receive the help and support they deserve because of their selfless service to answer the call to arms. They are that 1% and it is our duty as Americans to ensure their health and posterity.
Through understanding their service and the horrors of war they committed themselves to on our behalf, we can bridge this cultural gap and truly ensure we leave no warfighter behind on the battlefield in the mind.