Art program helps veterans across the country connect

WASHINGTON – There are many organizations dedicated to helping veterans, but few provide that help through art.


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  • Uniting US works to connect veterans across the country through art
  • Veterans from all over the United States can participate
  • Kentucky native Matthew Gill says Uniting US gives him a platform to share his love of music
  • The work of some Uniting US artists is exhibited in Washington, DC

Uniting US is a non-profit organization whose mission is “to inspire, empower and unite service members, veterans, their families and the communities in which they live through the arts.” People from across the country can participate in the program

Currently, the work of some of Uniting US’s artists is on display at the Honfleur Gallery in Washington, DC.

“This exhibition is very special because of the nature of the artwork on display. It’s old and varied art, ”said Phil Hutinet, editor of East City Art.

Uniting US empowers veterans across the country to express themselves through art. (Spectrum News 1 / Julia Benbrook)

Uniting US co-founder AnnMarie Halterman hopes the program’s exhibits showcase each veteran’s individuality as well as their shared experiences.

Halterman didn’t grow up as an artist. She discovered art as a form of therapy after serving about seven years in the military and suffering from an injury. She said that while dealing with the trauma of her last deployment, her doctors told her to find an outlet.

“I chose fly fishing and had to make ties,” she said.

She ended up playing with metal and created a small sculpture of a bicycle. The bike represented where she had been and where she was going. She said the little sculpture inspired this whole program.

Uniting US currently has numerous art exhibitions in the Washington area, but the program is not limited to the creation of visual art. Matthew Gill, from Kentucky, said Uniting US gives him a platform to share his love of music.

“A lot of times when you’re going through physically difficult situations, it forces you to focus on things that you can’t do. Uniting the United States allows me to focus on the things I can do and the good I can do, ”said Gill.

The program encourages people from across the country to participate. Visit UnitingUS.org to learn more.

Kayleen C. Rice