Join us upstairs at Browsers on Saturday, December 8 from 5:00-7:00PM for the opening of Jo Arlow's show Healing Veterans. There will be refreshments, a slideshow & presentation.
Every day our country loses, on average, twenty of our veterans to suicide. Many of these veterans served post 9/11, and still many more are older veterans who have been separated from service for a long time. Yet there is new hope in addressing this epidemic. Veterans, their families and communities are coming together in creative and meaningful ways to prevent these tragedies. Agriculture work, peer-support organizations, veteran-led service organizations, and non-traditional ceremonial and nature-based programs are among those addressing the urgent need for veterans’ successful transition and reintegration, renewed purpose, community, and healing.
The images in this exhibit illuminate the work of a few of these innovative programs and the farms established by veterans in Western Washington during the past few years: GRuB Victory Farmers, Growing Veterans, a licensed cannabis farm in Thurston County, and the School of Lost Borders Veterans’ Rites of Passage Fast.
About the photographer: Jo Arlow is a professional documentary and action photographer living in Olympia, Washington. In 2011, her beloved husband Greg took his own life after struggling for years with moral injury, PTS, chronic pain and physical disabilities. He was a mountaineer, naturalist, dog lover and veteran who served as a member of special forces with the U.S. Navy during the invasion of Panama, the first Gulf Conflict and in the Philippines, c. 1986-1993. After Greg’s death, Jo left her career as a legal advisor at the Washington State Legislature in order to dedicate herself to photography and telling the stories of community organizations, particularly those serving veterans. She is currently a Community Organizer at Forefront Suicide Prevention at the University of Washington School of Social Work. https://