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info aiga vermont
April 4, 2018

On April 2nd, HAS HEART launched their STATE 01: VERMONT project in collaboration with Alpha Industries! They are thrilled and honored to share the story of U.S. #Army #Veteran Rachel Osha Putney and the “Ca-Deuces” design she created with AIGA Vermont member and freelance graphic designer Colin Bright.

Visit to purchase their design and to learn more about her story, the meaning behind their design, and their collaborative creative process.

“Serving as both a combat medic in Iraq and flight medic aboard a helicopter in South Korea, Rachel learned of the balance of taking care of others while also taking care of herself. Serving on the “Mortaritaville” base in Iraq due to the 700 mortars landing on the base in 2004-2005, the unexploded mortar centering the design serves as a representation of her time there as well as Rachel’s “controlled detonation” in which she, as a trained medic, recognized signs of depression, PTSD, and anxiety in herself and took steps of self-care through seeking help and the acceptance of being honorably discharged. Rachel balances her dedication to the military, her experiences serving, and her current position counseling Norwich University Corps of Cadets with her ongoing path of healing and self-care.”

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