The Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (Coalition), a leading not-for-profit organization dedicated to rebuilding the lives of severely wounded veterans of the War on Terror, today awarded a $7,500 grant to the United States Veterans Arts Program.
Founded by renowned musician and Vietnam veteran Kimo Williams in 1999, USVAP is dedicated to increasing the representation of veterans in the arts community by providing “artistic tools” – such as musical instruments, painting supplies, art scholarships, cameras, computers, etc – and to bringing visibility to the power of art and its cathartic impact on veterans that have sacrificed so much for their country.
“The first time I went to Vietnam, I brought my M-16. The next time, I brought my guitar. I liked the second trip much better than the first,” said Williams. “USVAP was created so that other veterans can experience a similar ‘second journey.’ I can’t thank the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes enough for their generous support of our cutting edge artistic programs.” Read more.