This past week, the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System received a special visitor with a powerful message. Mrs. Tina Drakulich gave a wonderful presentation on the therapeutic work that the Drakulich Foundation is helping to create through a creative arts initiative for Veterans with disabilities. The foundation is named for her son David.
David Joseph Drakulich (1985-2008) was an emerging and talented artist, painting passionately from the age of 12, creating more than 300 paintings and drawings before his death at the age of 22. He joined the US Army right after graduating Hug High School in Reno, Nevada, enlisting in the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was to return home in May 2008 after his final deployment, having served in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He planned to study art after his return. On January 9, 2008, David valiantly gave his life in the Global War Against Terror in Afghanistan.
The Mission of the David Drakulich Memorial Art Foundation for Freedom of Expression is to remember David as an artist and provide scholarships to Veterans pursuing art as a vocation, hobby, or therapy and help educational institutions value art as a teaching and learning tool to enhance a student's experience, while manifesting life-long learning. The VASNHCS is proud to be working closely with the Drakulich Art Foundation to provide creative arts therapy for our Veterans with disabilities.
You can find out more about the Drakulich Art Foundation at their website: