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Back To The Future

Celebrating 10 years of serving veterans had to be a momentous occasion! So, in October 2022, SongwritingWith:Soldiers headed back to the site that started it all - Cedarbrake Retreat Center in Belton, TX. Celebrating 10 years of service around the country, with our...

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Community Support

"Just wanted to let you and the team know that one of the participants from the retreat, Jeff Dawson, was injured in combat about four weeks ago. He is currently at Walter Reed recovering and his wife Trish is by his side, along with other family members. He is making...

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Out of the Chair (Into the Spotlight)

"Before coming to the retreat, I had the date, the time and the way I was going to end my life," Joshua Geartz told SW:S Co-Founder, Mary Judd in 2015. "Writing my song with Mary Gauthier gave me hope—something I had lost." He had arrived a quiet somber man, with his...

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Moving from Invisible to Invincible

"When I attended SongwritingWith:Soldiers back in 2015, my PTSD was so severe that I did not want to be seen..."— Sandi Primous, US Army Veteran "As a 20-year Army Combat Veteran, I led 197 soldiers into a hostile combat zone in Iraq during the war on terrorism. By...

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Teens With A Mission

One of the most common feelings among service members and their families is, "nobody understands what it's like." They often feel disconnected from others within their families and beyond. SongwritingWith:Soldiers has held several retreats over the years to help...

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Igniting Change

"When I attended the SongwritingWith:Soldiers retreat in Belton, I found my voice. I found the courage I needed to share my story. I realized how much I could help others." — Brandy Davidson, US Army Veteran Brandy Davidson, a US Army Veteran attended our first...

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The Ripple Effect

Reaching the Unknown Listener At SongwritingWIth:Soldiers, we post nearly every song written at a retreat onto our website to make it easy for anyone to listen and share. Thanks to social media outlets, such as Facebook, we are able to hear from some of those...

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Beyond Words

"He did not know such experiences could be put into words."— Richard Erickson, Ch, Brig Gen, USAF, retired The son of a WWII Navy hero, Richard Erikson, a retired Air Force Brigadier General and Chaplain, has spent his life connecting with veterans. Early in his...

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From Behind the Lens: Memorial Day 2019

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Rick Loomis has worked several retreats with us, not only bringing his artistic expertise, but also his wisdom and empathy from being embedded in war zones. We have no doubt that Rick and many of his photographer colleagues could...

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Writing with Warrior PATHH

"...It's not about writing a hit, or even a 'killer song'. It's about deep listening, building trust, building stronger bridges between people, opening up hearts." — Will Kimbrough, Songwriter Along with our retreat partnership with Boulder Crest Foundation, SW:S...

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