Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation

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LaVonne Matthews - Chairman

LaVonne Matthews – Chairman

If you are a veteran enrolled in care at the Fargo VA or one of its Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCS) and dabble in the arts, check out the Department of Veterans Affairs Creative Arts Festival!

The Fargo VAMC held its first Creative Arts Festival in February 2017. Sixty-six pieces were submitted in 23 categories. The piece submitted by Dr. Ken Andersen in the woodworking category won second place at the national level. Photos from the 2017 show at the Fargo VAMC can be found on their Facebook page; VA Fargo.

Here is some general information regarding the Fargo festival from Kim Douglas of Recreational Therapy at the Fargo VAMC: The festival next year will be held on February 14th at the Fargo VA in the third-floor auditorium. A tentative deadline for submitting artwork is Friday, February 2nd. The artists need to be veterans enrolled in care at the Fargo VA or one of its CBOCS. A wide variety of media is accepted! It’s an amazing program that highlights the use of art in recovery as well as our veterans’ wonderful talent.

More information from the National Festival will be available in December. In the meantime, check out the national website: Creative Arts

Feel free to contact me for more information. I will be working with Kim at the Fargo VAMC on this Festival and look forward to seeing a lot of entries!

Fargo VAVS volunteer: Rose Marie Butz

Rose Marie Butz-VAVS Volunteer

Rose Marie Butz-VAVS Volunteer

Marie volunteers at the VA Medical Center in Fargo where she takes the care cart to patient rooms.  If you would like information about this project, email her at

Items currently needed for the care cart (November 2017)

  • Men’s deodorant
  • Travel size mouthwash
  • Body wash
  • Chapstick
  • Denture cleaner
  • Large neck pillows
  • Large laundry bags



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