Positivity Project south texas va recreation therapy #STXrectherapy

On October 25, 2018 a group of Veterans, their families and staff got their creative juices flowing with the inaugural Positivity Project. Recreational Therapist Dawn Fail-Phillips and Occupational Therapist Maria Gomez-Landsidel, brought the concept to the South Texas VA after seeing the positive effect it had on other parts of the country.

Vietnam Veteran Larry Zepala begins painting his first rock. He loved the event, saying it takes his mind off of bad things like his Vietnam service. He loved being around other Veterans in this environment, and couldn't wait for the next one.

Phillips said it is a great activity for Veterans to express themselves and it doesn't cost them anything to participate. Everything is provided for them. The only thing they have to bring is their creativity and ideas.

The end-products were as diverse as the different military experiences in the room. Some had patriotic, or service themed rocks, while others painted favorite mantras, animals or hobbies that are important to them.

The initial event was a success. The grounds of the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital have been brightened by Veterans who took inanimate objects and brought them to life with color and life experience. A second event is scheduled for December 3.

The result of their hard work (and fun.)

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Steven Goetsch


Photos by Steve Goetsch and Dawn Phillips.

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