Chippewa Falls veteran paints mural of vets’ experiences

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW)- A local veteran is painting a mural to represent what veterans go through while, and after, they serve.

James Heber is a resident at Klein Hall in Chippewa Falls. It’s a veterans housing and recovery program, the perfect place for him to paint his mural.

It’s 36-feet long and 6-feet high. He believes he’s spent at least 800 hours on it.

He said the piece depicts what some veterans experience from enlistment, basic training, addiction and homelessness to recovery.

“For the future people coming through here and the people who come to visit understand there’s so much the face of a veteran than just one person and that it’s real and it’s not something that we plan for,” Heber said.

Heber said before his mural is sealed within the next few weeks, he plans to add hidden messages for fellow veterans to look for.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee

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