I went to the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital a while back, and spoke with a counselor about chronic insomnia. I was having difficulty falling asleep, being haunted by some of the experiences from my time in the Navy. Having never been on the battlefield, my symptoms are milder than most of my brothers and sisters in arms, but the advice was similar: find a relaxing hobby. So being a native of the Appalachian forests of West Virginia, I chose to take up woodworking. Now, where to start? Surely, there must be some organization out there that teaches this incredible art as a way to cope with the nightmares of war.
After reading a thousand forum posts and watching hundreds of hours of Youtube videos, I was confronted with a deluge of conflicting information on where to begin. Which organizations are open to teaching veterans? Does the GI Bill cover woodworking classes? Are there other veterans who have chosen this path? With very few straight answers and no central source of information, I did what any sane (?) human would do…
I contacted all the major woodworking school in the country, and set off on a road trip, determined to find the answers to these questions and share them in a documentary film. And I brought along a stick to whittle on the road 🙂
This blog will tell the behind the scenes story of the journey. Please subscribe and share this with all your friends, and if you feel like helping in this fight, please donate at https://www.gofundme.com/veteranwoodworks
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