Elder Heart is the creation of former special forces Green Beret Magnus Johnson, who found himself apathetic and disconnected when he came to Indiana after eight years of military service. It was through working with Nashville Artist Jim Connor that Johnson began to feel connected to civilian life once again, and he is now offering a similar outlet to other veterans and community members through the creation of public art through Elder Heart. Johnson speaks with WFHB News Director Alycin Bektesh about the purpose of his organization, and the difficult transition between soldier and civilian, that results in more than eight thousand veteran suicides a year, for today’s daily local news feature, courtesy of Interchange.
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This week on Interchange, host Alycin Bektesh speaks with Magnus Johnson and Jim Connor, members of the Nashville, Indiana based organization Elder Heart. Johnson speaks about his own experiences as a returning veteran that led him to begin creating art with Connor. The process has given them both greater insight to the need for a community wide approach to helping veterans transition. Through the creation of public art installations, Elder Heart aims to raise awareness on issues such as the rising veteran suicide rate, create a space for veterans and civilians to work together and exchange experiences, and fundraise for veterans in need.