North Carolina group using tattooing as therapy for veterans

Courtesy: WNCN

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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