Texas first lady Cecilia Abbott joined second lady of the United States Karen Pence on Monday for the Texas Creative Forces Arts and Military Conference, hosted by the Texas Commission on the Arts at the Shilo Inn in Killeen.

Pence and Abbott addressed conference attendees and attended a roundtable discussion on the art therapy program at Fort Hood.

“I am so thankful for the commitment of the doctors, therapists and other specialists I met today at Fort Hood who are ensuring that our service members are getting the range of care they need to not only survive, but to thrive,” Abbott said in a release from the governor’s office. “We must continue to do all that we can to make certain our service members are able to properly heal, and Mrs. Pence’s leadership and efforts to increase awareness of art therapy and its effectiveness is invaluable.”

Pence’s signature initiative as second lady of the United States is “Art Therapy: Healing with the HeART,” which focuses on promoting art therapy as an innovative and effective therapy for those with mental, emotional and physical wounds.

The Herald has asked the governor’s office why no release was sent to inform the media of the visit and is awaiting a reply. | 254-501-7554

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