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Veterans Events Bulletin

Upcoming Community Events and Opportunities

Veterans Participate in Local Creative Arts Festival

Recreation Therapy Makes a Difference in Veterans Lives

Veterans will show off their artistic talents through VA Western New York Healthcare System’s Recreation Therapy’s winter Veterans Creative Arts Festival on Thursday, February 28, 2019. The festival kicks-off at VA WNY Healthcare System, 3495 Bailey Avenue in Buffalo from 11am in Room 301, Freedom Hall and concludes at 2pm.

Veterans enrolled in VA health care, have entered their work in visual arts division categories such as oil painting and leatherwork, and/or performing arts categories, to include music, drama, dance, comedy, and creative writing. VA medical facilities hold local competitions across the nation into their respective Recreation Therapy programs. This annual national competition recognizes Veteran progress and personal recovery made through recreation therapy, and raises the visibility of the creative achievements of our nation’s Veterans after disease, disability, or life crisis. 

Winners in each of the categories of the local recreation therapy programs will go on to the 2019 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival level of competition in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

This local Creative Arts Festival is part of VA’s celebration of National Therapeutic Recreation Month, celebrated in February. Throughout the year, recreation therapy activities are offered to Veterans such as creative arts, sled hockey, fly fishing, outrigger canoeing and more, to improve quality of life by enhancing and maintaining motor, physical, social, and cognitive functioning.  These therapies provide opportunities to build confidence, develop coping skills, and integrate the skills learned in treatment settings into community settings. 

For more information on VA Recreation Therapy programs, please call Pam Kaznowski at 716-862-6814.



  • VA Recreation Therapy Offers Veterans Skiing Opportunity
    at Holiday Valley

On Friday, March 1, 2019, veterans with disabilities will be treated to a fun day of skiing as part of VA Western New York Healthcare System’s Recreation Therapy activities and hosted by the Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program at Holiday Valley Ski Resort in Ellicottville, New York.   The ski program will kick-off from the Tannenbaum Lodge at Holiday Valley.  Veterans enrolled in VA health care are welcome to participate and can register by calling 716-862-6814.

Ski passes and equipment are generously donated by Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program at Holiday Valley.  Disabled veterans can take part in stand up or adaptive skiing at no cost.

“This is a great partnership and winter activity for Veterans,” stated Pamela Kaznowski, Recreation Therapy Supervisor. “Recreation therapy offers so much to improve quality of life. This could be a Veterans’ first experience in winter sports and a day of camaraderie with fellow Veterans, giving them the inspiration to take their rehabilitation to a higher level.”

Media opportunity is at 10am at Tannenbaum Lodge at Holiday Valley.

  • The Odyssey Workshops:  Picturing Life After Combat

Are you interested in learning about photography?  There are four FREE 12-week intensive photography courses for post 9/11 combat veterans beginning in January 2019.  All supplies, instruction and equipment will be provided free-of-charge and - at the completion of the training you will keep the hi-end Canon camera you learned to use!

This program is sponsored by CEPA Gallery and the Veterans One-stop Center of WNY.  The workshops will conclude with an exhibition at CEPA Gallery and a book.

Space is limited. If you or someone you know, including veteran’s caregivers, are interested to taking this journey, please contact wearedwyer@vocwny.org with ‘The Odyssey Workshops’ in the subject line to apply

Click on this link to learn more about this opportunity: http://www.cepagallery.org/portfolio/the-odyssey-workshops/

  • If you know of other Veterans events that could be added to this bulletin, please send us an email at support@headwayofwny.org or call

  • 716-408-3100 with details.

  • Thank you!

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