Nov 22, 2010 7:01 PM by Stephanie Collins

Veteran's success through art

For some of our war veterans the transition back to civilian life can be difficult. Many struggle to find work to make a living, but there are success stories.

Army veteran Jerry Shook works construction during the day, but in his evenings he's the proud owner of The Mud Hut in the Seurity-Widefield area of El Paso County. Shook was in the Army from 1996 to 2000, when he got out he went back to school and rediscovered his passion, "Started taking some more arts classes and wound up in a pottery class, hadn't done it since high school and fell back in love with it," says Shook.

While Shook seems to be on the right track, a lot of vets struggle to find their way, "This past year we've noticed a large increase in the requests for support from our veterans," explains April Speake with The Home Front Cares.

It's an increase due in part to a down economy, "The jobs just aren't as abundant as they used to be so these veterans aren't just getting out and landing these jobs," adds Speake.

Shook also offers a type of support to fellow vets and soldiers, stress relief through art, "It's a chunk of clay so you can slam it down and let a little anger out on it, kinda get some things out, " says Shook.

For more on The Mud Hut, or to contact them about their classes, click here.

And for more on The Home Front Cares click here.



»Topics in this article

More News

Story Photo

29 minutes ago

Falcon school fights to save student's life

FALCON- Aden Knar, a third grade student at Falcon Virtual Academy, is in need of a life-saving bone marrow transplant. His school, Falcon Virtual Academy, will host a bone marrow donor drive tomorrow to help find a match Aden. Knar, 10, was diagnosed at age 4 with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and entered remission in 2008. In November 2013, the Knar family learned that the leukemia had returned, and is now isolated in his bone marrow. In an outreach of support, Falcon Virtual Academy hosted a bone marrow donor drive in January, and will be hosting another tomorrow from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at 6113 Constitution Ave., directly west of Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. "We wanted to reach out to the family again," said Jodi Fletcher, assistant principal. Fletcher explained that more than 250 people participated in the January drive, and she hopes to have similar numbers April 19. The money from a bake sale at the drive, and a portion of the proceeds raised from a spring formal...

Most Popular

Top Videos

1 2 3 4