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'Visions of War' exhibit honors veterans and fallen heroes

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -

Army veteran Nathan Lewis knows what war looks like.

"I went to Iraq at the start of the invasion of 2003," said Lewis.

But these days, he's helping other veterans cope with the struggles of coming home, by writing.

"It opened up the dialogue for me, with my family and friends and people I went to school with and people in my community," said Lewis.

He cut up old uniforms and shredding the pieces to make paper at U.W. Stevens Point. It's all donated by other servicemen and women and their families.

"You're not destroying it, you're transforming it, it goes into something else, it still lives, it lives in a better way I think," said Lewis.

It's part of the Visions of War exhibit at UWSP and includes pictures of about 6,500 soldiers and Marines killed since 9/11.

It gives veterans a chance to express themselves after war.

"Veterans do all kinds of things, they might make books, they might paint, they might draw, but it's all on the paper that they've made," said UWSP Arts Professor, Bob Erickson.

This is the event's second year. Organizers hope to help veterans from around the state move forward.

"It's not a kind of glorification of the veteran. These organizations are trying to help these people deal with what they've gone through," said Erickson.

The exhibition features handwritten journals authored by veterans and photos and some paintings that show life in war.

"People want to know about your experience, I feel like people appreciate when you share it with them," said Lewis.

Veterans like Lewis said these workshops and friends who listen, provide exactly what they need.

Admission to the exhibit is free.   

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