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How Do Craft Kits Help Veterans?

Heal Vets arts and craft kits benefit veterans in several ways. They aid in rehabilitation, restore coordination and impaired motor skills, improve attention spans and concentration and relieve symptoms of depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions. 

Clinical Settings Where Arts and Crafts are Effectively Being Used 

  • Nursing homes 
  • Outpatient programs 
  • Inpatient hospitalization 
  • Substance abuse treatment centers 
  • Psychiatric facilities (inpatient and outpatient) 
  • Community health clinics 
  • Rehabilitation centers 
  • Physical therapy centers 
  • Assisted living centers 
  • Burn units 
  • Health & wellness centers 
  • Vet centers 

Arts and Crafts: An Effective Medical Tool 

Today, many physicians, occupational therapists, recreational therapists and social workers prescribe arts and crafts as an important component of a patient’s treatment plan. Such an approach provides tremendous therapeutic and rehabilitative benefits, including improving fine motor skills, cognitive functioning, memory and dexterity. Arts and crafts can also help alleviate anger issues and the severity of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) triggers such as anxiety, intrusive thoughts, sadness and frustration. 

Arts and crafts were first introduced as a therapeutic tool by founders of the early Occupational Therapy movement during the Industrial Revolution. Traditional medicine was not effective in dealing with a host of new maladies stemming from people working long hours in factory production lines. A few physicians and university professors in the early 1900s noticed medicine could not always heal the entire person and there were conditions that could be improved by adding arts and crafts to patient treatment plans instead of traditional bed rest therapy. The founders of the early Occupational Therapy movement knew that the basic tenets of working on crafts could bring about a host of positive benefits in a holistic manner. 

Today, arts and crafts are being effectively used in a variety of clinical settings, and Help Heal Veterans arts and craft kits are leading the way. Heal Vets has donated over 29 million therapeutic arts and craft kits to our nation’s veterans and active-duty military personnel in support of their healing and recovery. Thanks to our donors, America’s veterans and their clinicians never have to worry about the costs for Heal Vets craft kits. 

If you are a physician, occupational therapist, recreational therapist or social worker providing care for a U.S. military veteran, please consider adding Heal Vets arts and crafts to your patient treatment plan. The craft kits are free because our nation’s veterans have already paid the price through their sacrifice and service to our country. 

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