In 2016 Victorinox partnered with Wounded Warrior Project on a “Stars and Stripes” series, which they have now expanded on to include patterns designed by wounded veterans as part of the lineup.
When Angela Peacock medically retired from the U.S Army after nearly seven years of service, she was put on medication to help her post-traumatic stress disorder. When that didn’t help, she turned to alternative therapy, including art classes.
“It would really help me to just calm down and not think about anything but painting, because when you’re painting you can’t worry about what happened in the past and you can’t worry about the future,” Peacock said. “Just sit here and paint, and do that only.”
Manuel Colón, who retired from the Army in 2013 and has PTSD and other medical problems, had some experience with graphic design. So when Wounded Warrior Project put out a call for veterans who have used art to help with their healing process, he and Peacock both responded, and were asked to submit designs for a collaboration with Victorinox Swiss Army.
Cool project. I personally am gearing up for the Project Healing Waters Smoky Mountain Grand Slam Challenge tournament. I will be guiding a veteran and a sponsor again this year. Kim Breed has donated several knives to the event, though none as nice as the Model 15 I won in the auction a few years back. “hobby therapy” seems to be an approach that works for veterans, whether it be knives or fly rods. It also offers the public many volunteer opportunities to share their passion and help those that need it. Good stuff all around.