The Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre, recently held its annual Creative Arts Competition. The competition included more than 50 art categories that ranged from oil painting to paint-by-number kits. There were also 120 artistic categories, including all aspects of music, dance, drama and creative writing. The competition serves as a way to help veterans recover from and cope with physical and emotional disabilities. In 2012, Robert Nause received the national silver medal in the art division scroll saw category and Jorge Rivas was selected to attend the National Creative Arts Festival held in Boston, Mass. Both veterans also participated in the 2013 local Creative Arts Competition. If they earn national recognition again, they will be invited to attend the 2013 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in Reno, Nev. From left: Nause, Rivas and Amie L. Dorney, recreation therapist.