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Healing craft

Organization helps wounded military veterans find peace through wood turning

2:18 PM, Feb. 12, 2014
Tony Kopchinski watches as Daniel Hinze of Racine, a military veteran, puts a finish on a bowl he made Feb. 6 at Kopchinski's rural Kronenwetter home. In the background, working on a project, is Corey Richards of Wisconsin Rapids.
Tony Kopchinski watches as Daniel Hinze of Racine, a military veteran, puts a finish on a bowl he made Feb. 6 at Kopchinski's rural Kronenwetter home. In the background, working on a project, is Corey Richards of Wisconsin Rapids.
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Corey Richards was in the Michigan National Guard and serving in Afghanistan in 2009 when a blast from an improvised explosive device tore into his upper body.

"I really don't remember what happened," Richards said.

But Richards, now 24 and living in Wisconsin Rapids, lives every day with consequences of the blast and the injuries it caused. He suffers memory loss, both short- and long-term, and struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder, he said. In addition, both of his shoulders were "messed up," Richards said. ...

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