NEILLSVILLE, Wisc. (WLAX) — A museum exhibit near Neillsville shed light on something many veterans face as they transition from service back to civilian life.
The Highground Veterans Memorial Park and Museum opened the exhibit displaying art from Veterans struggling with PTSD. Community members gathered at the museum Saturday to learn about the disorder and to hear from speakers who have personal experience with PTSD.
“This is the artwork that many veterans have found is helpful in expressing their emotions and feelings through creative art,” museum coordinator Theresa Hebert said. “It’s not that it’s a cure, but it helps in many aspects.”
Herbert said she hopes the exhibit will allow veterans to feel more comfortable asking for help.
“What we hear from many veterans, being alone is the worst,” she said. “So any time where you can make it where it’s more acceptable, more open to reach out for those connections, I think it’s going to be in the right direction.”
One of Saturday’s speakers, Michael Orban, talked about his struggles with PTSD and how nontraditional therapies helped.
“Pharmaceuticals and mental health programs are very, very valuable, and I don’t want to disqualify them,” he said. “But if we can add education to it in these ways, with the other alternative therapies of art and healing and that sort of thing, that would be very important to me.”