Hypertherm recently learned about an inspiring nonprofit in the United States called Warrior StoryField (WSF) that recognizes the sacrifices warriors make. Led by metal artist and civilian Robert Bellows, this grassroots organization uses artmaking to support veterans as they process their complex thoughts and emotions related to their combat zone experiences and return to civilian life.
Now retired, Bellows shares his home shop and equipment, which includes a Hypertherm Powermax65 plasma system and an ArcLight Dynamics CNC table. The nonprofit’s budget is truly bare bones. They don’t have paid staff and as Bellows explains, “We spend money on gas and steel; that’s about it…It’s really about getting this sculpture done.”
So far, more than 50 veterans from six wars, their families, and local civilians have participated. To read more about this powerful group and their project, check out this article: Healing the invisible wounds of war. It’s an inside job.