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Masks of War

May 14, 2019

The Veteran’s Administration pays survivor benefits to survivors for veterans who have served during wartime. The list of eligible wars starts with the Mexican Border Period (1916-17), World War I, World War II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam era (two different payout systems, depending on whether service was in Vietnam or not), and “Gulf War.” This is defined by “August 2, 1990 through a future date to be set by law or presidential proclamation.”

That means we are currently in a nearly 30- years war.

Then I happened up a website, www.nationalgeographic.com/healing-soldiers/ and I got really interested.

With the aid of art therapists, soldiers are encouraged to make a mask for themselves that expresses their feelings about their war injuries. The website includes stories told by the soldiers about their masks and photos of some of them.

Here are a few of the masks. Somehow my quilt is going to be about the masks of war.


退役軍人政権は戦時中に奉仕した退役軍人の生存者に生存者給付金を支払う。対象となる戦争のリストは、メキシコ国境時代(1916  -  17年)、第一次世界大戦、第二次世界大戦、朝鮮民主主義人民共和国、ベトナム時代(サービスがベトナムかどうかに応じて2つの異なる支払いシステム)から始まります。これは、「1990年8月2日から将来の日付まで、法律または大統領の宣言によって設定される」と定義されています。









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