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Wounded Warriors

Art as a Third Party

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Art as a Third Party

Isaac Torres holds up his painting of a wall for the class to see. Art therapy gives participants a way to put their thoughts on a canvas, making the painting a third party for discussion. "They can talk about what's on the painting rather than 'I feel like this or that,'" says Nguyen.