124, Sam Pressler, Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) | Empowering Veterans through Comedy and the Arts

On this Veterans’ Day, we celebrate with Sam Pressler of the Armed Services Arts Partnership or ASAP.

What words would you use to describe veterans? Hero? Brave? Or maybe broken or dangerous? How about neighbor, coworker, or community member? Veterans are people like you and me who exist far beyond the hyperbole, and yet they are often misunderstood. Since September 11, 2001, about 1% of the US population has served in the military. Because so few have served, there can be a civilian-military divide, punctuated by common misunderstandings.

The Armed Services Arts Partnership or ASAP helps veterans and their families to thrive through arts classes and performances. Their flagship program is a comedy boot camp where veterans learn about comedy, write their own jokes and then perform in front of a live audience. ASAP’s training helps veterans to develop life skills while breaking down the civilian-military divide.

Veteran’s Day Quotes from Sam Pressler

“Only 10% of veterans are female, but 35% of our classes are made up of women.”

[spp-tweet tweet=”‘There is a difference between art therapy and art as therapy.’ @SamPressler, @ASAP_Vets”]

[spp-tweet tweet=”‘Humor was the avenue that I used to get through difficult times.’ @SamPressler, @ASAP_Vets“]

“When we don’t have a way to connect to one another, we often turn to humor.”

[spp-tweet tweet=”‘I didn’t know what social entrepreneurship was.’ @SamPressler, @ASAP_Vets“]

“I’ve really never had any job, except for this.”

“The line between emotional tragedy and emotional jubilation is very thin.”

[spp-tweet tweet=”‘Really ensure that you are taking care of yourself.’ @SamPressler, @ASAP_Vets“]

“Get to know veterans beyond the stereotype of the hero or the broken.”

“This is a movement to ensure veterans have opportunities to express themselves, have a voice and heal through the arts.”

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About the Author
Tony Loyd is a TEDx speaker, podcast host and the author of Crazy Good Advice: 10 Lessons Learned from 150 Leading Social Entrepreneurs. He is a former Fortune 500 executive with extensive experience in strategic planning, talent management, and leadership development. Tony is the host of the podcast Social Entrepreneur where you can hear the stories of changemakers who are making an impact on the world.

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