North Carolina group using tattooing as therapy for veterans

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WNCN) – A non-profit in North Carolina is helping veterans deal with combat trauma through tattoo therapy.

“Operation Tattooing Freedom” works with tattoo artists to provide free tattoos to veterans, especially those suffering from anxiety or post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The charity organizer says connecting with a fellow veteran, who was also his tattoo artist, helped him.

“I realized that getting the tattoo, and having the conversation with another veteran while I’m getting it, was extremely therapeutic for me, and I realized that if it worked for me, it could work for others,” said Lewis Hunt, a navy veteran.

The non-profit is working to get donations in order to expand “Operation Tattooing Freedom” nationwide.

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