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Veterans paint away the stress

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Caitlyn Rose is a helicopter pilot and an instructor with the Big Red Barn, says the participants get the chance to experience something new. Caitlyn Rose is a helicopter pilot and an instructor with the Big Red Barn, says the participants get the chance to experience something new.
Veterans are able to do activities such as painting to destress. Veterans are able to do activities such as painting to destress.
Military policce officer Philip Tanner says he saw positive effects after just one visit. Military policce officer Philip Tanner says he saw positive effects after just one visit.

By Jada Williams, Carolina News

The Big Red Barn in Blythewood holds much more than just horses. It's home to a nonprofit that offers healing art classes to veterans and their families.

Jim Dukes, who oversees the Big Red Barn programs, is a veteran himself. He says the focus is on three different forms of non-clinical therapy: yoga, psychotherapy with horses, and their healing workshops. The program is to help veterans manage present and future stress and trauma.

Phillip Tanner, a military police officer, recently visited the Big Red Barn and he immediately saw the benefits of the program.

"Especially in the military, you got so many things going on and it's very difficult to bring that home with you." says Tanner.

Caitlyn Rose is a helicopter pilot in the South Carolina National Guard. But she's also a healing arts instructor with the Big Red Barn.

"It's an opportunity to be creative. They get to leave work where everything is so structured and have an opportunity to do something that they normally wouldn't do." Rose says.

Classes are offered every other Saturday, free of charge.

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