(Photo by Joe Amon/The Denver Post)
Last month, I wrote about an upcoming program at Walter Reed that will help injured troops use writing to cope with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury—a program that could benefit folks as an extra mode of treatment for physical and mental injuries. Now, other programs look to help troops and Veterans on the road to recovery.
A songwriting camp for Veterans in Colorado recently brought together a group of Iraq and Afghanistan Vets to speak about their wartime experience with musicians, who in turn crafted powerful songs from their own words:
“There is a huge divide in our culture between civilian and military,” Smith said. “I wanted to help in some little way to be a bridge and use songs as a structure for this bridge.”
The songs are poignant tales of the difficulties, uncertainties and victories of military life. Lyrics are the vets’ own words, pulled out in interviews and conversations with the musicians.
Check out the video at the link above for a look at how the songs came together, as well as the photo slideshow. Songs from last year’s camp were performed live and can be purchased on iTunes.
As we’ve discussed before, there are ways to treat physical and mental injuries that go beyond prescriptions and therapy. Sometimes what works best for a Veteran can’t be found in a hospital or clinic, but somewhere out in the world of creation.