WALLA WALLA, Wash. - A local veteran in Walla Walla has an interesting approach to helping others like him integrate back into society.
Damon Burke, a veteran of the First Gulf War, founded the Veterans Hobby Program in Walla Walla. It's a group that aims to use model building as a tool to heal from war injuries: both obvious and not.
Burke himself dealt with issues like being on edge and not being able to relate to his family after his time overseas. He said model building helped him and he wants to share this relief with others.
"They need something to help push out all of those thoughts that are going through their heads daily. They need something to do with their hands. When you have the two together you create a singular focus and that helps distract everything else. It's a way to decompress from all of the stresses of everyday life," Burke said.
The Veterans Hobby Program will be working out of the Walla Walla V.A.'s recreational therapy room.
While donations from all over the country have poured in to the program, they still need a number of things to get started: ranging from cash donations to acrylic model paints. You can find the Veterans Hobby Program on Facebook.