Organization helps veterans express creative sides

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Art is becoming an outlet and a way to socialized for more than 200 veterans in the Grand Valley.

The Grand Junction branch of Help Hospitalized Veterans plays host to painters, car model markers, leather workers and art amateurs, all who have served our country.

"You kind of develop a friendship with most of the people that are coming in here quite often and it gives you something to do," said Chris Ecklund, an army veteran. "It's a good stress reliever."

The center's crafts are donated and VA patients can use them at no cost.

Right now, veteran and artist Karl Emrich's work is on display in the center.

The public can come into the studio at 1670 North Ave. between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays to view the veteran's creations.

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