WHITEHALL, Wis. (WEAU) -- The words Scott Schultz read Friday night were filled with power.
"Flew three days, that Cobra gunship. Third night stand by," he orated. "One day stand down. The daily combat. Flying that Cobra 101st Airborne."
Schultz, the executive director of The Heartbeat Center and a former Marine, recited poetry from a fellow veteran. The event Friday night at Whitehall Memorial High School presented the words and pictures created by former soldiers.
"All of that reflects and represents healing in one form or another,” Schultz said to WEAU 13 News on Friday. “It might be really direct healing for some veterans and, for others, it might be kind of an afterthought, sort of healing."
Schultz says each piece of artwork in the collection has its own unique story – including a five-panel presentation done by former Army Sergeant Philip Schladweiler. Four of the panels display pieces of shrapnel pulled from that soldier.
"But, the blank piece in the middle represents mental injuries and the unseen injuries,” Schultz said. “It strikes me hard."
For Air Force vet Terry O'Donahue, wood prints and poetry remove that agony and torment.
"Anytime you can get outside of yourself, you're taking some of that pain, fear, anger, frustration ... out of yourself and putting it out in the world," he said.
A world brightened by the creations of those who have served our nation.