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PHP: SERVING THOSE WHO SERVED

Finding peace and joy through the craftsmanship of hand tool woodworking.

Our Mission

The Purple Heart Project's mission is to introduce physically and mentally combat wounded Veterans, still suffering from the negative effects of combat, to the peace and joy that can be found through the therapy of traditional hand tool woodworking.

Our Vision

We envision a community of combat wounded Veterans that share the joy and peace found through the bond of woodworking, are connected through and with the Purple Heart Project, and know that they are supported and never alone or forgotten.

Watch Rob & Luther Explain the PHP

The Purple Heart Project has been helping physically and mentally combat Wounded Warriors find the peace and joy they deserve through hand tool woodworking since 2016.

CPO Sean Grumbles Afghanistan, 2012_Purple Heart Project

CPO Sean Grumbles
Afghanistan, 2012

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The Purple Heart Project has been helping physically and mentally combat Wounded Warriors find the peace and joy they deserve through hand tool woodworking since 2016.

CPO Sean Grumbles Purple Heart Project Participant

Sean Grumbles
October 2022

How Can You Help?

The Purple Heart Project is a U.S. tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Read What PHP Scholarship Recipients Have to Say

“....You have not only taught me how to work wood with hand tools, but you have also shown me how to work through my PTSD. Thank you for that. That is something I can never repay you in any lifetime. My wife told me that since I started using only hand tools, I have become more relaxed and that my nightmares have been
reduced...”

~ PHP Scholarship Recipient

“…. . Army Vet Mark from Idaho explained how it felt to return home after serving in Afghanistan, “You suddenly find yourself in a really disruptive life that you’re not used to visiting. Things are different. Life is different. Woodworking and using hand tools has been a turning point for me  facing daily battles of recovery from combat…”.   

~ PHP Scholarship Recipient

Army Vet Bill from Nebraska said, “….PTSD and TBI aren’t visible. A lot of people think maybe some are faking it because you can’t see physical scars or missing limbs, but that is so far from the truth. Everything we’ve done this week with learning woodworking has contributed to not only helping me regain some of the peace I have been missing in my life, but it has given me a sense of being valuable and able to do something…” 

~ PHP Scholarship Recipient

WWI Veterans Doing Woodworking Therapy at
 Fitzsimons, Army Medical Center, 1919

WWII Woodworking class
Purple Heart Project Woodworking Participant

Woodworking as Therapy

Working with hand tools could be called quiet woodworking. To a combat Wounded Warrior, sometimes that quiet and the focusing of the mind is just what he or she needs to see beyond the physical and mental pain of their day-to-day life. While there isn’t actual medical data about woodworking as a therapy, the craft allows people to divert their anxieties in a creative manner, let themselves get busy on a project, and eventually take pride in the result of their hard work.  The Purple Heart Project is on a mission to help Combat Wounded Warriors find peace and joy through the craftsmanship of hand tool woodworking.

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