Who we are
We are Veterans helping Veterans cope with their PTSD by providing mindful art, craft and trade therapy to those who serve and the families that support them.
Members Of The Board
As a company seeking Non-Profit status we have set up a Board of Directors dedicated to establishing a rock-solid foundation upon which we plan to grow and mature our Organization in a way that delivers the greatest benefit to the most Veterans as we possibly can. We will be establishing our by-laws and discussing the best methods for delivering therapy, securing funding, and use of that funding to secure the tools and materials we need to teach our students the skills they want to learn. We will have updated Bios posted soon.
Tony Fantasia was born and raised in the Army to Active Duty parents. He grew up an Army Brat and served in the US Army as a Medic for 12 years before embarking on the journey he is on now. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2002 and Iraq in 2004 and returned home to his wife to start a family and embark on the next phsae of his life. Since his return he has finished his education, embarked on a career in Information Technology, and started a business doing custom leather design and fabrication. With the support of his wife and children and his focus on developing his craft he was able to regain control of his stress and lives a (fairly) normal life. He is dedicated to helping others manage their stress by introducing them to the creative process and other theraputic tools.
I married at age 18 am still married to my childhood sweetheart and neighbor Christine for the past 48 years. I have 2 girls and that have given us 7 grand children 5 boys and 2 lovely girls.
I went into the Navy at age 18 and spent four years serving our country. I started out on the USS Estes AGC 12 the 7th fleet Amphibious Force Flag Ship. I became a 3rd class petty officer and was transferred to Assault Craft Unit 1 Navel Support Activity DaNang Viet Nam. Where I made 2nd class petty officer in 2 years. I had a total of three tours in Viet Nam.
I have been thru a lot and seen a lot which has made me keenly aware of the needs of our returning vets. Many of whom are in need of relief from PTST. That is why I believe Vet Craft is going to be a very important asset to many vets who need something to help them with the PTSD problem and give them hope for the future.
I am proud to be in on the ground floor of the important project.
Chelsea DeKruyff-Liason for ICMHHR
Education: Bachelor's Degree in English, Political Science, minor in Spanish, from The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, 1998; Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, 2004
License: Licensed Professional Counselor, Texas
Member: Board of Directors of The International Center for Mental Health and Human Rights ; member American Group Psychotherapy Association; member American Counseling Association
Over 6 years experience dealing with such issues as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and grief and loss