Sept. 21, 2022

The Art Creation Process can be Life-changing for Veterans Suffering from Depression

“If it's just five minutes a day, I'm gonna do something creative. I have to do this. It’s just the way I'm built. And I feel that it just creates a great balance in my head and great life balance.”

Air Force Veteran, Cody Vance, is passionate about creating art. He knows how much it helps him on a daily basis and it helps so many Veterans to have balance in their lives as well.

In a recent interview with KP of The Morning Formation Podcast, Cody talks about why creating art is so rewarding. He shares why it is fulfilling to the soul and how it can help those suffering with depression, PTSD, and traumatic brain injuries.

Cody Vance grew up in an agricultural region of New Mexico, where he had been interested in the arts since childhood. He joined the Air Force in order to have more opportunities and continued to create unique works of art during his time serving.

Cody even explains how he donated many of his art pieces to the Air Force art program.

“All the services doesn't matter which service branch you'd come from. They all have art programs. They allow you to donate the original works you did while you're on active duty, and they'll split the copyright with you. I donated 33 original pieces to the Air Force art program. So they're all in the Air Force art catalog. And some of them hanging in the halls of the Pentagon.”

In the interview, Cody explains how he has witnessed art make a positive impact on the lives of Veterans who suffer with depression and PTSD. He is so passionate about it, that he works with a San Antonio Art Community to provide an art program specifically for Veterans.

Cody is not only passionate about creating art for his own benefit, but he is also passionate about supporting other Veterans who need something to give them hope.

“Anybody who comes and talks to me or emails me, I am their biggest cheerleader. I want them to get into it because I just know how powerful it is. I know how healing it is.”

To hear more about the art programs and learn more about Cody, make sure to check out the full interview.

Click here for the whole interview.


Blog post written by: Lina Gomez