This is from a veteran who recently won a songwriting contest that we felt we should pass along.
It’s hard for me to articulate, but the more time and emotional distance I get from my service in Iraq, the easier it is to look back at it. I’m still not all the way there yet. I’m proud I served, and I would again, but almost 10 years later, it’s still so raw for me. Instead, I write about my dad’s service in Vietnam and his struggle with PTSD. He wasn’t even a musician, but I found some unfinished lyrics of his after he died in 2013, so I’m working on songs from his perspective. There are so many vets like him who walk around with unfinished lyrics in their heads, and they need our support to find their song. If I may, I’d like to encourage your readers to check out Sounds of Acoustic Recovery (SOAR) and Operation Song to see if they can help.
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