Rep. Levin Pays Tribute to Cynthia’s Oceanside Artistic Expressions

OCEANSIDE, CA – U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) has recognized Cynthia and WB May, veterans and owners of Cynthia’s Artistic Expressions in Oceanside, as February’s voters. Cynthia and her husband are both Gulf War Navy veterans, and after leaving the military, they realized they needed an outlet to express themselves and help manage stress and stress. post-traumatic anxiety. They have opened Cynthia’s artistic expressions as a therapeutic and healing space for people struggling with mental or emotional health issues, and they have also contributed to the community by organizing food drives for the military, by making the art accessible in local veterinary centers and nursing homes, and much more. .

See Rep. Levin’s statement acknowledging Cynthia and WB May in the Congressional Record below:

“Madam Speaker, I am honored to recognize Cynthia and WB May, two veterans and owners of Cynthia’s Artistic Expressions in Oceanside, California, as my constituents of the month for their invaluable contributions to our community.

“After both serving in the Navy during the Gulf War, WB was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and Cynthia was diagnosed with anxiety. Once they separated from the military, they realized they needed a way to express themselves and manage their post-traumatic stress and anxiety.They opened Cynthia’s Artistic Expressions in order to help veterans and others cope to mental or emotional health issues, while making art more accessible, and their facility has become an integral part of our Oceanside community. Since opening their doors , they have seen countless veterans, military and civilians benefit from healing through therapeutic art. At a time when our country is grappling with tragic rates of veteran suicide, I am so grateful that they provide this opportunity for healing to our military community. re local.

“Cynthia and WB also strengthen our community far beyond the doors of their art studio. They are known for their extensive outreach to the veteran community and military families around Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, organizing food drives at their church, Shiloh Church of God in Christ in Oceanside, on the last Thursday of every month for service members and their families who struggle with food insecurity.According to the San Diego Food Bank, nearly 39,000 elders veterans and active duty service members and their dependents use their services every month, so the work that Cynthia and WB do to help feed military families is critically important.They have also worked with veterinary centers and nursing homes to illuminate facilities with artwork, and they have also donated their time to organizations like the Boys an d Girls Club, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and North County African American Women’s Association (NCAAWA).

“I’ve created a Voter of the Month program to recognize local individuals who give back to our community in extraordinary ways, but who often don’t receive the recognition they deserve. Cynthia and WB certainly fit those criteria, and I don’t. I will never thank you enough for all they have helped to make Oceanside a brighter and healthier place. It is also an honor for me to recognize them during Black History Month, when we celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of Black Americans throughout our nation’s history. On behalf of a proud and grateful community, it is my pleasure to recognize them as our Voter of the Month.”

Levin’s Representative Constituent of the month program recognizes outstanding residents of North San Diego County and South Orange County who go above and beyond to help their neighbors, give back to their community, and represent the best of our country. Rep. Levin’s January Voters of the month were brothers Jaiden, Keanu and Milaan Seeliger of Rancho Santa Fe, creators of Tech-Angels.

To nominate a resident of the 49th arrondissement as settlor of the month, complete this nomination form.

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