Vets Healing Vets is a new no-cost, therapeutic craft program being offered at the New River Branch Library, for veterans of all ages and their families.
The program meets on the last Friday of the month at 10:30 a.m. It made its debut on June 28.
During the session, veterans put together craft kits and, at the same time, they’re able to socialize and build relationship with other veterans and their families.
The activity also can help improve veterans’ mental and physical well-being, and can help boost their self-esteem.
The craft kits are assembled by the nonprofit group, Help Heal Veterans, in Winchester, California. They’re distributed by the National Sons of AMVETS.
Kits range in various degrees of difficulty. Categories include leather making, woodworking, paint-by-number projects, and jewelry making.
U.S. Army veteran William E. Lee Jr., of Wesley Chapel, leads the program at the New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel.
Lee is the recipient of numerous medals, including four Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star.
Ultimately, he’d like to see the program offered at every Pasco County library, and for every veteran to receive a kit.
To find out more about the program, call (813) 788-6375.
Published July 17, 2019
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