WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. – Over the last couple of years White River Junction VA Medical Center and the Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) have teamed up to help Veterans find another way to tell their stories. This first began as a workshop series for Veterans in the winter of 2013 with Brooke Robinson Drew, Recreation Therapist at the White River Junction VAMC and James Sturm, Director of CCS. Robinson Drew saw the positive effects the Veterans experienced through telling their stories to the cartoonists. She listened and responded to them when they asked for more sessions. She was awarded a grant to continue using comics as a coping skill to create a workbook for Veterans, which is to be released during the Winter of 2018.
On June 7 the Center for Cartoon Studies and White River Junction VAMC partnered again to host the first Veterans Cartooning Workshop at the CCS. This workshop was held over the course of three days, it was taught by Kane Lynch, CCS Instructor and Kurt F. Shaffert, CCS Fellow. The Veterans were shown how to cartoon and tell their own stories in a different way. On Thursday, June 29 at 3:00 p.m. in the lobby of building 1, the six participating Veterans, the instructors, and Brooke Robinson Drew will host a book release. The comic book being released has the stories drawn, written, and told by the Veterans themselves, this is a first of its kind. White River Junction VAMC leadership would like to invite the general public to come share this exciting moment with these Veterans.