Veteran uses knitting as therapy

Veteran uses knitting as therapy

LAWTON, OK (TNN) -A U.S. Army Veteran is spending a lot of time making scarves and hats for others to enjoy and you can find him selling them at the Lawton Farmer’s Market every Saturday.

Ron Cleary served in the army from 2002 until 2013. He said a friend of his got him started in needle work. After getting out of the army, he said this has been his therapy to help him overcome certain disabilities.

“It gives me time to think things through and situations that may come up, so instead of dwelling on the negative, I can turn that negative energy into something constructive, positive," said Cleary.

Not only is Cleary spending time knitting, he is also taking classes at Cameron University. This semester he is expected to graduate with an associates in Agriculture with a minor in Military Science. He taught a workshop at Cameron on knitting last year and plans to teach another this week on spring gardening. He said these workshops allow him to build confidence in public speaking.

“It it’s a topic I’m interested in, got knowledge and experience in, it kind of relieves some of that anxiety, or fear of public speaking, so it kind of boost the morale up so I can feel more comfortable on how to address certain things," said Cleary.

You can find him making hats, scarves, and blankets. He said the money he receives for these items go toward cost for materials and equipment. Any additional funds he has go towards charities, and others who may need it.

“A few years ago I did donate to a lady who is trying to get funds for a service dog for her disabilities, so I donated some money for her to help her out," said Cleary.

His message to others overcoming certain obstacles is to stay strong and think through it.

“Find something you like to do, regardless of what it is whether it be needle work, sewing, gardening, boat work, or wood working. Different strokes for different folks on how they can find a niche they like," said Cleary.

Cleary can be found at the Lawton Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. If you want to request a specific order, you can reach him through email at cleary_ronald@yahoo.com

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