Veterans' Mural Project
Storys of Service, Courage and Heroism
The Veterans’ Mural Project is a totally volunteer art project currently underway at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC. Under the direction of resident volunteer artist Jim Stilwell dozens of Veterans as well as non-military members of the community have been participating. Art experience is not necessary to participate. The murals are being painted on over 200’ of wall space in the hospital. Images include stories of service, courage and heroism, the history of the hospital, personal accounts from wars and conflicts, Veteran support groups, community partners, and VA staff.
In addition to being a morale booster and fun for the Veterans this project is therapeutic, both physical and occupational. The Veterans’ Mural project helps enhance quality of life by providing a meaningful activity to increase self-esteem, self-worth and reduce stress. For the overall community this project bridges the gap for understanding our military brothers and sisters.
“When you can create something it can also empower you to do other things in your life.” J. Stilwell
Jim would really like to see this project in other VA hospitals and encourages those who are interested to contact him to discuss ways to proceed.
“I know that there are blank walls everywhere. What makes this project unique is it is not just an artist coming in to paint a mural. It is a community effort.”
Phase 1-Stories of Service, Courage and Heroism
Thank you to our men and women who serve and have served our country during times of war and peace.
Phase 2-Charles George VA Medical Center History
Phase 3- Call to Duty
A Historic Journey
I have never been to War so I cannot say I know how that feels. I do understand what a sense of duty or service to a cause is because of certain things I have done in my life.
For whatever reasons our leaders create conflict, politically or morally, it is the average man and woman who is called to fight. Be it for freedom, others freedom or just for each other.
This wall depicts stories of those men and women. Many of the images are historical events and some are actual stories collected from my work at the VA
I believe it is important to look where we have been and learn from these events for hopes of someday not having any reason for war.
Please honor and show compassion for our Veterans as many lost their lives, were discarded or marginalized from our society and way too many injured and disabled body and mind.
To my Father, Tom Stilwell, who fought in the Pacific during WWII from
1943 -1945. 336th service squadron, U.S. Army Airforce
Exciting News! After an almost 3 year hold do to Covid, we are up and running again. We are proceeding with the Gulf Wars and Afganistan murals that were in an early stage of block out and painting. Our next push will be phase 4.
Phase 4- A salute to our VA Staff, Programs and Partners
Thanks to All Who Make Our VA Possible
This phase is just in it's infancy. We have over 100 feet of wall space to honor the Team. I have the all clear to return to move forward again. I have a team of existing volunteers and a couple of new Vets to help out.
Each mini-mural is a collaboration with each group to depict their roles in making the Charles George VA Medical Center one of this country's finest VA facility.