07/31/2011 02:28 am ET | Updated Sep 29, 2011

Chicago Museum Of Veterans' Art Battles For Survival | Reuters

Joe Fornelli knows the art of survival. In 1965, when he was 22, the Chicago native was drafted and sent to Vietnam, where he served in an army helicopter unit.

"So many crazy things happened, people getting killed or wounded or burned," Fornelli said. "You never get over it."

He found solace in art. One time he used instant coffee and water to paint the realities of war.