Making it to the Finals in the 2016 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in Jackson, Mississippi
Making it to the Finals in the 2018 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in Des Moines, Iowa
Steve Kost: US NAVY Seabees "I have had my work on exhibit at Northern Illinois University Art Museum, Veteran Art shows in Texas, Denver, Chicago and Michigan. I have created artwork from the famous Old Joliet Prison that is on display in the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery. I am proud to have won a national award in 2019 for using art as therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I have found a healthy way to focus my anxiety into art, and a way to inspire other veterans to pursue art and music. I am truly grateful to have supportive friends behind me as I find new opportunities to share the healing power of my art with the world. " Check out more at https://champaignparks.com/art-exhibits/
Desert Storm Combat Veteran is interviewed on Channel 9&10 News about the Veterans Creative Arts Program
We lose 22 veterans a day to suicide based on depression /anxiety or ptsd. As a veteran I wrote this song during my darkest times of my life when I was thinking of doing the same thing. It's through Veterans Creative Arts I have re-found my purpose of helping veterans in coping and battling their fight against depression / anxiety and depression.
Bill Richards - US Army Desert Storm Veteran. Battling with PTSD, and Anxiety with the Creative Arts. Since his time in service in the Army as a Desert Storm warrior, Bill Richards has been helping his brothers who served with him. He is a remarkable man. Talented in both art and music. Using his talent, he touches the lives of so many Veterans. I salute you, Bill! Bill Richards’ WEBSITE - http://bill-richards.orgBill Richards’ VETACON WEBSITE = https://vetacon.com Interview by Linda Jo Heffner - https://lindajoheffner.com/