Veterans Shred Their Uniforms to Heal Themselves Through Art

August 6, 2009 - 5:50 AM
The idea is to help veterans transform painful reminders of war into works of art that can help them heal.<br />

Iraq war veteran Zach Choate, right, uses a razor to shred his camouflage Army uniform for The Combat Paper Project in Savannah, Ga., on Thursday, July 30, 2009. The project has veterans destroying painful reminders of the past and using the pieces to create something new. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

Savannah, Ga. (AP) - Veterans of the Iraq war are trying a new method of dealing with battlefield trauma: Shredding their military uniforms and turning them into paper for art projects.
 
A handful of Iraq veterans in Savannah attended a three-day workshop by the Combat Paper Project, a Vermont-based collective of combat vets that's been touring the country over the past year.
 
After chopping their uniforms into inch-long strips, the veterans used a machine to pound them into pulp to make paper they could use for painting, silkscreening images or writing journals.
 
Combat Paper Project founder Drew Cameron says the idea is to help veterans transform painful reminders of war into works of art that can help them heal.