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Leslie Elsasser - Introduction
Christian Cortes

Crimi Arrieta - Relative of US Army Veteran
Patricia Colbert - US Army
Gail Cross - US Air Force
Dr. Charlie Ferrer - US Army
Janine Hargrett - US Army
Valerie Larson - US Air Force
Kevin Lipton - US Army
Dolores Matteo - US Army
Karidad Ramis-Hartman - US Army
Roger St. Julian - US Army
Monika Sutton - Spouse of US Army Veteran
Viana L.M. Tavares-Fischer - US Army

Manfredo Bobadilla - US Army
Agustin Collazo Jr. - US Marine Corps / US Navy
Amanda Dodd - US Army
Evan Fountain - US Air Force
Derek Hopkins - US Air Force
Mikko Maki - US Marine Corps
Alicia Morales - US Army
Chris Smith - Spouse of US Army Veteran
Kimberlee Nicole Smith - US Army
RaeAnne Swanson - US Air Force


Roger St. Julian, Temenos, 2023.

Roger St. Julian, Temenos, 2023.



During a recent VA event to help introduce and assist Veterans with PACT Act enrollment, Veterans from every era gathered at Raymond James Stadium. During this event, two of these warriors share a moment all warriors know, standing tall together to swap stories of the front line and of the “dirt they chewed”. 

These two soldiers represent two different and distinct generations. The younger man stands renewed and restored from his experiences with the advanced healing he received from the nonprofit Warrior Wellness that provided Accelerated Resolution Therapy. The senior stands tall next to him, a representative of the old guard that endured the hardships of war without the benefit of modern therapeutic interventions. He looks into the past through the eyes of his younger self. The elder warrior shares a map of Vietnam, forging a connection between both soldiers the way it’s always been done, each word building a sacred bridge—a temenos—across time and space. 

“Have you seen the wall?”, asks the old man. “I’m sorry you suffered; how can I help?” The younger man thinks. 



Roger St. Julian, Quiet Moment Off the Line, 2023.

Roger St. Julian, Quiet Moment Off the Line, 2023.

Wildalys Class, Single Riders $2, 2021

Roger St. Julian, With the Spirit of the Past, 2023.



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Breaking Barriers is a program by USF Contemporary Art Museum in collaboration with the USF School of Art & Art History, is supported by the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, USF Office of Veterans Success, Community Arts Impact Grant of the Hillsborough Arts Council, Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, Love IV Lawrence, USFCAM ACE (Art for Community Engagement) Fund Patrons, and the Florida Department of State, Florida Arts & Culture.