Veterans Art Competition


by Michele McCormack

MILWAUKEE-For local veteran James Finnerty it is the best way he knows how to honor the men he served with in Vietnam.

Mixed media combining items from combat and newspaper clippings from the Tet offensive in Vietnam.

 "The piece is a tribute to the 716th military police that died on January 31st it was the start of the Tet offensive in Saigon," Finnerty explained to CBS 58 News.

The artwork has also been therapy for Finnerty's PTSD. Only about six years ago did he begin to use art in this way.

"And I use it basically as a therapy and it's helped out immensely."

Finnerty received 1st place Monday in a local competition among veterans at the Zablocki V.A. Medical Center.

He now advances to the national competition where he was won in the past.

"We're always trying to find ways to reach out to more Veterans," Art Therapist Marisa Straub explains, "and we draw from Veterans in the community and those who are part of the residency treatment programs here."

The hardest step seems to be making that first step and picking up that brush. But as Jame Finnerty tells veterans it's never too late, "there's nothing to be ashamed of or afraid of."



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