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Stories Beneath Wounded Warrior Project Peer Support Mentor,

Artist Co-Found Ink Therapy Project, Duo Promotes Healing Through Stories Beneath the Skin

“Show me a man with a tattoo and I’ll show you a man with an interesting past.” – Jack London

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rmy veteran Derrick Brooks was looking for an additional way to reach out to his fellow warriors. During his two years as a peer support group leader for Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), Derrick has worked hard to connect with others dealing with the visible and invisible wounds of war – to assure them they are not alone and to guide them toward helpful WWP resources on their paths to recovery. But he struggles with coordinating schedules and setting meeting places with the injured veterans residing in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. “Nights never seem to work out for anybody,” the former infantryman said. “A lot of the warriors are busy doing night classes and other things. So then comes the question of ‘How else can I reach them?’” Derrick was still mulling that question over at Rochester Tattoo, where at the recommendation of his wife he booked an appointment with local artist Misty Chastain. As she inked the countenance of Scottish hero William Wallace onto his skin, Derrick noticed

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