CVN Hosts Art Exhibit Exploring Themes of Resiliency, Healing, and Transition after Military Service

During the unveiling of an exclusive one-day art exhibit today focused on veterans, U.S. Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts spoke about the need for mental health services among the military community. To honor Veterans Day, the Cohen Veterans Network a not for profit philanthropic organization which provides mental health services for post 9/11 veterans and their families, hosted the exhibit in New York City with the Veteran Artist Program, featuring original pieces of work by military veteran artists.

The exhibit, entitled “A Veteran’s View,” was held at the Van Der Plas Gallery on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and highlighted paintings, sculptures and photography with themes of
resiliency, healing, and transition after military service. The featured artists included Matt Burda of Manhattan, Maria Salazar of Long Island and Dario DiBattista of Washington D.C. BR McDonald, founder/president of the Veteran Artist Program and a U.S. Army veteran, partnered with CVN to curate the event.

View a video recap of the event.

“Many of our clinics throughout the country are offering community-building programs like artist workshops as a way of opening the conversation and reconnecting veterans with their civilian neighbors,” Pitts said. “Today’s exhibit really highlighted how veterans can give back, while others can receive benefits from understanding their experiences.”

Salazar, Pitts, McDonald and Burda (L to R)

Salazar, Pitts, McDonald and Burda (L to R)


“These artists represent the diversity of art and experiences throughout the veteran community,” McDonald said. “Cohen Veterans Network has provided an opportunity and place for each of these veterans to tell their story, share their talents and engage with their community. Our goal at the Veteran Artist Program is to provide these opportunities for veterans around the country.”