What is Combat Paper? It is an art workshop that allows individuals to make paper out of uniforms veterans worn in combat. Uniforms are cut up, beaten into pulp and formed into sheets of paper. The basics are the traditional methods of paper making which date back to ancient times. The meanings it takes on for veterans and the family is unique for each individual. For Tina Drakulich, president of the David J. Drakulich Art Foundation in Reno, the process is about healing. It helps veterans complete the process of telling their story. Drakulich’s son, David, was killed in 2008 in Afghanistan, when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. Combat Paper is created to reflect both the anger of the past and hope for the future. Through this collaboration between civilians and veterans, a much-needed conversation is generated regarding the public’s responsibilities to returning veterans and an understanding of the dehumanizing effects of warfare. The Drakulich Foundation has purchased equipment and hopes to have a permanent site in the community where veterans, Blue Star and Gold Star families, and other veterans and community organizations can produce Paper on a regular basis.
Haiku by Hobson
An old uniform
good,bad make paper
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