Katie Grugin is a Knoxville, TN native who served five years as a Field Artillery Officer and fell into art after injury. She is a pen and ink artist and has illustrated two books of poetry on family and grief. Katie is currently a graduate student in a Master of Science of Social Work program at the University of Tennessee. She has worked with victims of Intimate Partner Violence and is currently working with homeless veterans and men in recovery from substance use disorders. These experiences gave her perspective on the lasting effects of trauma and specific issues that come with experiencing PTSD. Katie is passionate about the way that art can fill up empty spaces in life for veterans and positively impact mental health.
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