Elder Heart Honored by General Assembly

Posted by: Kathryn Frakes  | Thursday, March 12, 2015

STATEHOUSE–Brown County based Elder Heart was honored today by the Indiana General Assembly through House Concurrent Resolution 37, authored by Representative Eric Koch (R-Bedford). Elder Heart, a non-profit veteran-run organization, helps veterans heal from the effects of war through the creation of art.

“An average of 22 American veterans commit suicide each day,” said Rep. Koch. “I wanted to bring the good work of Elder Heart to the attention of the legislature through this resolution.”

Elder Heart began when veteran Magnus Johnson and local artist Jim Connor worked on steel and stone sculptures as a form of therapy for Johnson. Materials for creating art are now donated to the Elder Heart organization by Kroot Corporation, Miller Electric and Indiana Oxygen. Elder Heart’s first piece of art to be put on display was a 20-foot steel sculpture of sycamore leaves – a centerpiece and theme in the Nashville community.

“I want to thank Representative Koch; he took an interest and honored Elder Heart and one of our first projects. Imagine a state where local veterans, with the support of business and their state officials, could create projects which represent them, their communities and their service,” said Magnus Johnson. “My goal is to give Elder Heart to as many communities that would be willing to help carry the burden of 12 years of war—resulting in 22 suicides a day. Remember that people need to get involved and take accountability where they live, it’s going to take a grassroots effort.”

To learn more about Elder Heart, please visit www.elderheart.org.


Rep. Koch (R-Bedford) represents all of Brown County, most of Lawrence County and parts of Monroe, Jackson and Johnson counties.