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Middletown Police Department
Thursday May 17th, 2012 :: 02:19 p.m. EDT

Middletown Police Officer Al Kim to display art work at Klekolo World Coffee Shop starting Friday, May 18, 2012.

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May 17, 2012

Middletown Police Officer Al Kim to display art work at Klekolo World Coffee Shop starting Friday, May 18, 2012.

Middletown Police Officer Al Kim is also a veteran and served in the Army for twenty-two years. In 2003, while on active duty in Iraq, Officer Kim was injured when a bomb exploded. Officer Kim was the recipient of the Purple Heart.

The Veterans Art Foundation will be holding a "Meet and Greet" Art Opening Friday the 18th, starting at 6:00 PM and going to 10:00 PM, at Klekolo World Coffee, 181 Court Street, Middletown, CT.

The event will showcase the photography of two VAF Artists-Ira Dick (retired Air Force) and Al Kim (retired Army). Their works will be on display for approximately three weeks at Klekolo however, in effort to also raise funds for the Veterans Art Foundation, the artwork will be available for bid in a "Silent Auction" Friday only!

Mike Hawley, one of the founders of the VAF, will also be on hand to explain the mission of The Veterans Art Foundation.
Both the featured artists will also be on hand to answer any questions about their work as well as the impact it has on their lives.

Lieutenant Heather Desmond
Support Services
Middletown Police Department

The following is information that the VAF wanted passed along about their organization.

Information on the Veterans Art Foundation:
The Veterans Art Foundation is open to:
* Any U.S. Armed Services Veteran
* Family members of veterans.


1. To ease transition into civilian life for returning veterans through different means.
2. Allow members to express themselves through art, writing, multimedia, and public speaking.
3. To help disabled veterans gain a semblance of order in their life
4. To bridge the gap between the art world and veterans.

VAF Overview
V.A.F. is a nonprofit art foundation for veterans, BY veterans (namely, those who served in either OIF, OEF, or Vietnam.) Our belief, and experience, has been that HEALING can and DOES come-- at least in part-- through other mediums than simply "talking." As such, working with a team of veterans, art therapists, and other care-workers/ veteran advocates, we strive to open veterans-- particularly those with the "deep wounds" that only come out of the horrific experience called WAR-- to the world of creativity, wherein they can express pain and loss in an environment that is both liberating and SAFE to the veteran. Currently, we are busy pulling together our resources and focusing our efforts on building both our website AND our support base. Along with our fans and friends in central CT and beyond, we are in need of funding for upcoming writing workshops and documentary-filming.

Please consider supporting our foundation, and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact our "Outreach" staff at

Also, our website is We are seeking office space, and donations of equipment, money and time.
Information: VAF is looking for donations, of course. But in these tough times, anything will help us. We accept art for sale (to raise funds), film, cameras, art supplies are all welcomed with open arms.

Donations of Equipment, money and space are all tax-deductible. Our mailing address until we move into a bigger space is:

The Veterans Art Foundation
28 High St. #2
Chester, CT 06412

Middletown Police Department
222 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 860-347-2541

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