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Lawton Veterans Affairs Center holds art classes for residents

LAWTON, OK (KSWO)- The Veterans Affairs Center of Lawton held a flute making class for their residents today. Various art classes are being held every Friday until the end of May.

The residents are learning how a flute is made and creating their own with assistance from flute crafter Albert Gray Eagle. Gray Eagle says playing the flute will help enhance the resident’s oxygen levels.

He has been playing the flute for most of his life and making them for seventeen years. As a former veteran himself, who suffered a spinal injury, playing and making flutes became a healing process that he wanted to share with others.

"I started making them in my garage and I said why not help young people, Veterans and I have done volunteer at hospice, we worked with HeartLine doing suicide prevention classes. It all involves veterans somehow,” explained Gray Eagle.

The idea to start an arts program for veterans was initiated by the Oklahoma Arts Council and approved through the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs.  The classes are in ten-week increments and chosen through a survey of the residents.

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