On Sunday, February 23 the GI Coffeehouse Tour took a day to check out some of the local veteran's art scene. First, we Visited Veteran Alley, a mural project in the under represented community of San Fransisco's Tenderloin district. Many troubled veterans who have succumbed to drug use live in this district, known for its homeless problem, rampant drug addiction, and crime.The project is headed up by Amos Gregory, a Gulf War veteran, artist and activist. The project brings attention to issues affecting America’s veteran population. Among the topics depicted in the murals are the issues of PTS, TBI, MST, Chelsea Manning, addiction, deportation and more.
We also visited the Marin Headlands, just north of San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge. Once we drove through the mountain tunnel into the headlands area it was clear that this area was once a military installation. There, we had Tea with veteran artist Aaron Hughes as part of a performance based on his experiences in Iraq.