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Kanawha County Veteran Finds Peace and Passion in Model Kits

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Keith Ditmer was always working with his hands. At first it was building in the military but after being diagnosed with PTSD he had to learn to build other things.

“My wife Cindy she got me a A-10 Warthog, I let it sit around for about a week until after New years and then got started on it and I found out it really helped me with the pain in my joints and everything,” said Ditmer.

That was less than a year ago, now Ditmer has built over 30 models and is trying to share his relief and passion with others. Ditmer and the group he’s a part of Tri-State Scale Modelers, plan to bring models to the West Virginia Veteran’s Home.

“Anybody that’s suffering from pain from PTSD, anything like that, get yourself a hobby. Get yourself, be it the models, the painting, the drawing, that’s my main message. 

If you would like to donate a kit, you can buy one at Nitro Hobby and Craft, or West Virginia Hobby and Craft and leave it there. The activities director has said they are most interested in classic cars and military themed kits. 

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