ALA Foundation grant supports flagship Nebraska Veterans Creative Arts Festival, inspiring expansion and growth

Veteran Artist Michael Lentz Hosting a Veterans Creative Arts Festival (VCAF) is no small feat – and starting a festival in a new community is even more of a challenge. That’s why when members of the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Nebraska began their plans for their very first VCAF at the U.S.

2021-07-07T18:18:01+00:00July 7th, 2021|grants, nvcaf|

Writing brings U.S. Vietnam Veteran out of addiction

Steve Banko had a plan for his life: Graduate high school, get a scholarship to play basketball in college, get a degree, be successful. In 1967, his plan was upended when he was selected for the draft. Six months later, he was sent to Vietnam. Steve served for almost the entirety of 1968 and was

2021-03-17T14:29:17+00:00March 17th, 2021|nvcaf|

Dance restores balance for U.S. Army Veteran

Dr. Vaneada “Vee” Harvey was the first African American forward-deployed satellite commander in the United States Army, where she served for over 20 years. “I didn’t really know I was making history at the time,” Vee said, “but I am very proud.” Despite her historic and exemplary service, Vee experienced extreme hardship upon her return

2021-03-16T13:55:58+00:00March 15th, 2021|nvcaf|

Kansas Veterans Creative Arts Festival thrives with help of community and ALA Foundation grant

Christina Vasquez was the first art therapist at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita, Kan. At that time, many creative arts initiatives had been postponed or reduced due to staff turnover. Christina knew she would have to be an advocate for the return of these programs because of the profound impact art

2021-01-26T14:25:51+00:00January 26th, 2021|nvcaf|

Veteran discovers talents, with help of first National Veterans Creative Arts Festival

Thousands of veterans take part in local Veterans Creative Arts Festivals across the country each year. From there, some are invited to showcase their talents at the national level. U.S. Marine Corps veteran Raymond Douglass discovered a talent he didn’t know he had. “I have no formal writing experience or anything like that. I just

2020-12-12T20:07:24+00:00February 11th, 2020|nvcaf|
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