I put myself down. I hate myself. I want to hurt myself. At times, I want to die.
So, here goes. Maybe sharing this will help in some way?
This is a write up that was done a couple of weeks ago for when I attended the conference in my state for the American Legion Auxiliary. I and some other veterans took some of our artwork and had our pieces set up for all of the conference attendees to see. Partly because they support the military. But also because they help to fund the Creative Arts Festival that is held every fall.
So, here it is:
(Missophelia) served in the US Navy from 1986 to 1990. She was stationed at Naval Facility Centerville Beach in Ferndale, California. She was an OTA3 (Ocean Systems Technician Analyst) and she worked in a secured facility.
(Missophelia) said, "she found art at a young age, and has been artistically expressive since kindergarten." She also says that "art allows her to express emotions and feelings as well as the beauty she finds in the world as seen through her eyes. Without art, she would struggle to cope with the symptoms of PTSD that affect her life, physically, mentally, and emotionally."
(Missophelia) feels her involvement in the National Veterans Creative Arts competition has been rewarding as she has had the opportunity to showcase her work, as well as form healthy supportive relationships.
(Missophelia) has been participating in the National Veterans Creative Arts competition since 2011 where her special recognition piece was received well locally and this inspired her to continue sharing her work. In 2012, she created an acrylic painting called "Noah and His Ark". She placed 3rd at the national level. (Missophelia) has also been receiving music therapy services at the VA, and this year she is entering 2 piano pieces, 1 creative writing piece, 3 art pieces, and a group entry piece. We wish her luck with her entries.
Thanks for letting me share.