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Story by PAF Editor / February 14, 2023

After their time in the military is over, many transitioning vets struggle to find their footing in civilian life. That’s why Helmets to Hardhats (; was launched in 2002. Since its inception, the Washington, D.C.–based organization has helped more than 42,000 veterans, reservists, active-duty military service members and National Guard members across all 50 states transition back into civilian life. The organization does this through helping vets gain construction-industry skills that can lead to lucrative careers.

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Positive Impact of Art“Thank you for what you are doing. Learning how to paint has given me my life back.” - Zach H., Veteran

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In 2019, Mary Whyte’s groundbreaking traveling exhibition of 50 watercolors called We the People: Portraits of Veterans in America opened to the public in Charleston, South Carolina. In the first six weeks alone over 22,000 people viewed the collection. The response, especially from veterans, confirmed Whyte’s belief in art’s extraordinary power to communicate and connect. And so, what began as fifty portraits turned into a national mission giving veterans a means of finding whole health through art and self expression.

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Founder, Mary Whyte shares the vision of the Patriot Art Foundation and its mission to help Veterans tell their stories through art.

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