Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Scott Sullivan. Scott served from 1997 to 2006 as a physician assistant.
Scott attended 2 ½ years of college before joining the military. He was subsequently trained as a physician assistant. His first duty station was at Ft. Hood, Texas. He was deployed one year after the invasion of Iraq began.
As a physician assistant, Scott was faced with 10 to 20 patients to care for at a time. On April 4, 2004, Scott helped to care for 65 patients over the course of the night. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 2006. Upon Scott’s return, he began to work in an emergency room before transferring to a family medicine practice.
After his time serving, Scott became involved with Operation Song. Operation Song connects Veterans with song-writers to discuss issues with PTSD. Scott and Reggie Hamm wrote the song, “We Got Lucky,” which is now available for download. “We Got Lucky” and other projects through Operation Song have helped Veterans become more comfortable talking about PTSD.
Listen to the song here:
Thank you for your service, Scott!
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Operation Song™ has spent the last five years bringing songwriting to the military and Veteran community to help with healing, service-related issues and injuries. A 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Nashville, Operation Song™ holds weekly workshops in Middle Tennessee and sponsors events and group retreats throughout the Southeast. Those they serve need no musical background, only the desire to tell their story. In a typical session, the songwriter listens and encourages the participant to lay out the “puzzle pieces” of his or her experience. Together, they arrange those pieces into verses and choruses. The result is a complete song that they can call their own. Operation Song serves Veterans of all conflicts. For more information about Operation Song™, visit their website: http://www.operationsong.org/
Graphic By Joanna Specht: Joanna Specht is a student at Black Hawk College with a Major in Visual Communication.