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The Unseen Weight

"Music - it's an Rx for the invisible wounds of the soul."- Don Navor Retired Army LTC Donald Navor received three Bronze Stars V for valor and the Combat Infantryman's Badge during his tour in Vietnam. He served as Infantry Platoon Leader and Company Commander in...

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Building Bridges

One of the hardest things our SW:S veterans feel about transitioning home from combat is the belief that civilians don't really want to know what they've been through. They feel like they have no one to talk to at a time when connecting is critical for readjustment....

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Inspire Lasting Gifts

"Thanks again for reigniting a smoldering ember!!"- Rob Rogers, EOD Soldier Keeping creativity and connections thriving within our community has been a priority of SongwritingWith:Soldiers since day one. As the pandemic deepened, our effort only strengthened. In...

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Micro Moments with Massive Impact

"SongwritingWith:Soldiers showed me how to be happy again... how much micro moments of connection matter and what they can lead to."- Sgt. Josh Geartz, U.S. Army, Retired "Welcome everyone to SongwritingWith:Soldiers' Creatively Strong Interview. I am Josh Geartz, the...

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Building Strength

A mother of five, US Army veteran Michelle Roberts had tried to end her life, more than once. We found this out through her song. We also learned that her five children were her "five reasons" to keep living. Everyone at the retreat could see the relief and renewed...

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Square Wheels

"When I returned home from the retreat, I founded Uniting US, an arts organization to help veterans and civilians connect to each other, create and exhibit their art."- AnnMarie Halterman, U.S. Air Force, Retired "I was at the lowest point in my life when I heard...

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Connecting Couples

When you’re a Marine and your job deals with bomb disposal, death is always close at hand. For many spouses of EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) warriors, danger and uncertainty become permanent members of the household. The stress and worry can take a toll on a...

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“I Never Intended…” A Message from a Veteran

photo by Rick Loomis I never intended to attend a SongwritingWith:Soldiers retreat myself. I simply came to the organization wanting to help in any way I can. Yes, I am a veteran. I served in the Army Reserves from 1991 to 1999 and spent many months packed and waiting...

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