WINCHESTER, Calif., Dec. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Help Heal Veterans (Heal Vets), the nation's largest provider of free therapeutic arts and craft kits to U.S. veterans and active duty military personnel is partnering with Coffee Bunker, a veterans' peer center that supports service members and veterans towards successful reintegration with their families and communities based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Through the partnership, the Coffee Bunker will distribute craft kits which will be used as therapy to help veterans suffering from mental and physical disabilities.
The Coffee Bunker was founded in 2010 by Mary Ligon following the death of her son, Cpl Daniel Y. Ligon, an infantryman and language translator in the Marine Corps. After his second deployment to Iraq he had problems adjusting to civilian life when he returned from duty and ultimately took his life in 2007. Ligon has since dedicated herself to helping veterans cope and feel supported.
"I have always believed that creativity can help rejuvenate the mind. The use and availability of arts and crafts was always a part of the original vision for the Coffee Bunker", said Ligon. "We're very grateful for the continued support of Help Heal Veterans in providing arts and craft kits for our program."
For more than 40 years, Heal Vets, a nonprofit organization founded during the Vietnam War, has supplied arts and crafts kits free of charge to injured servicemen and women and U.S. veterans. The kits often become a part of the patient's treatment plan, giving them a creative outlet along with tangible therapeutic and rehabilitation benefits. The kits improve fine motor skills, cognitive functioning, memory improvement, anger issues and dexterity.
"The Coffee Bunker program is an outstanding organization that provides a place for veterans, service members and their family members to find connection, honor, support, resources and renewal," said Captain Joe McClain, Help Heal Veterans Chief Executive Officer. "This partnership will help us with our mission of reaching veterans wherever they may be and offering them the arts and crafts they need to support their recovery and rehabilitation."
Since 1971, Help Heal Veterans has provided more than 29 million therapeutic arts and crafts kits free of charge to injured servicemen and women and U.S. veterans.
For more information about the extensive Heal Vets arts and crafts program, visit HealVets.org, or call 888-567-VETS (8387).
Contact: Jennifer Baskerville
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SOURCE Help Hospitalized Veterans