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2017 Gallery

Wounded Warrior— PTSD is Forever

by: Danielle Brown, Enfield, Connecticut

The price of war is endless; the cost of PEACE is priceless.

quote by: Finn H., 8th Grade, Brookside Middle School - Sarasota, Florida
teacher: Laura Kleiss Hoeft

Artist Statement

This is a social art piece that aims to raise awareness about PTSD and just how much our wounded warriors risk for our country. Many veterans are forgotten once they return home, wait months to see someone from the VA, are alienated from friends and family because “they are different,” and have a hard time reentering society. The soldier depicted in this painting also references veterans for who fight for our country, lose limbs, but still believe in America. As someone who suffers from PTSD I understand how much it impacts one’s life. I created a piece that calls attention to the fact that wounds can be visible by the eye or unseen. Nevertheless, we should not forget those who suffer.

Lesson Plan Connection

American War Heroes (1 Class Period)
Textbook Connection: Springboard 8th Grade, Collections 6th/8th Grades
Standards: LAFS RL.1.2, LAFS RL.2.5, LAFS W.1.3, LAFS W.2.4, LAFS SL 1.1, LAFS SL 1.2, LAFS L 1.1, LAFS L 1.2
The American War Heroes lesson can be used in tangent with the Hero’s Journey or as a connection to War related stories, both fiction and non. This lesson provides images that bring forth ideas of freedom and what it costs and allows students to discuss how our differences have the power to bring us together. 
Lesson Plan  |  Flipchart  |  PowerPoint

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