TULSA, Okla. - Former service members from across the country are finding a therapeutic way to store or display their uniforms.
Cassidy, who now lives in Dustin, Oklahoma, was an F-16 machine gunner.
She says, “I made a journal out of some of it. Some of it I’m just going to keep as plain paper.”
Some of the veterans choose to make artwork. First, they have to change the uniform into paper.
"Take the uniform and cut it into about one inch squares. And then they put it in a mixer and beat it into pulp."
The soldiers then use a van to flatten the pulp and let it dry before painting.
The free two-day event at The Coffee Bunker near 41st and Sheridan this past weekend is part of The Combat Paper Project sponsored by the Community Service Council’s Veterans Initiative.
The workshop is open to veterans from all eras, families, friends and other members.
You don’t even need a uniform. Some veterans donate their uniforms.
The Combat Paper Project was started by two veterans who were at Fort Sill at the same time, although they didn’t meet each other until much later.
Click here for more information on the project and a schedule.