1000 Words

EXCITING NEW ANNOUNCEMENT: 1000 Words (You can tell because of the Caps Lock)

The VAF is starting a project called 1000 Words. We want you (veterans and families) to take a picture/artwork/portrait/landscape, etc. that’s yours and write about it.

It can be the story behind your work, poetry, one word 1000 times over, what inspires you, anything in that vein. Or even a letter to someone you love/miss. We’d ideally like it to be 1000 words. It can be anonymous, or public. Just email us the piece, let us know if you want your name on it.

It’s designed to broaden our understanding of art and motivations, along with self or group healing. It can be happy, sad or anything on spectrum.

I’ll start one off by posting it Wednesday. We’ll see what type of momentum and power. Perhaps sometime next year, if we have enough work, maybe we’ll publish it (with your permission of course) in a book. Let’s see where this takes us at the VAF.

The 1000 words includes the title.  You can swear, we’ll just label it NSFW.

You can submit at our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Veterans-Art-Foundation/40569067611  Or email me at m.a.hawley@hotmail.com


It’s been way too long since we updated the Blog.  For this I’m sorry, the fault rests with me (the founder – Mike Hawley).

We’ve concentrated on Twitter and Facebook over the last two years and it’s been productive.  However, this could be the heart and soul of our community.  Where we share writing, art, etc. 

There have been many changes over the last two years.  I’ll just list the recent ones .

  • We’ve grown in popularity and internet following
  • I’m now a social-work intern, who will concentrate more on our internet presence.
  • We’ve a meetup group (and attend others too)
  • We’ve added a pair of wonderful volunteers (Rachel and Adam).  Without them, the foundation wouldn’t have made it this far. 
  • We’re hosting our first major art show on September 7th
  • And much more….stay tuned for more. 

The next few updates will be about what’s going on with our foundation.  Some will be good/bad/ugly as far as what we’re doing. 



The VAF has a meetup group online now.  We’re fairly busy and average an outing a month.  Sometime the group will meet for coffee, other times we’ll do fun stuff like have a photo safari wherever our hearts take us. 


Here are some of the pictures form our recent shoot in South Glastonbury, CT.  Please check us out ImageImageImage