22 a day. At Warrior Songs, we are ever conscious of the number of veterans who take their own life each day due to the unseen burdens of war. Warrior Songs mission is to heal veterans with PTSD through music and the creative arts.
The creative arts can play an integral part in helping veterans cope with their PTSD. Healing from PTSD requires processing the experience and the trauma, but recounting the experience in a detailed linier account will often aggravate one’s PTSD. Veterans are triggered by their memories and will try to repress them. They isolate, they avoid, they self-medicate…they do everything they can to not remember. PTSD makes it very difficult for veterans to talk about their experiences.
This is where the arts come in. You can paint a feeling, or draw the part of the story you are ready to tell. Also, when veterans show their art, they can communicate their truth without having to be the subject of the conversation. Instead of the listener looking at the veteran eye to eye, which can be disempowering and very uncomfortable, both the civilian and the veterans can look at the artwork, adding a layer of protection to the veteran. The creative arts allow the veteran to explore what they are ready to talk about in a way that isn’t as triggering as traditional talk therapy.
Warrior Songs is hosting a 4-day creative arts retreat for veterans with PTSD on December 6th-10th, 2017 at The Siena Center in Racine, WI. This retreat is free to the veterans selected to participate.
This is where we need your help. We’ve assembled a fantastic team of facilitators who are all donating their time for this event. The cost of the art supplies, transportation, lodging and food for 15 veterans and 6 staff for 4 days is $13,500 or $900 a veteran. Of this, we’ve raised $3,500 so we have $10,000 more to raise by November 2017.
It’s important to remember that every penny counts. No donation is too small to help us help these veterans. It breaks down to $9.38 an hour for each veteran who attends. $10 donations add up to a $40 donation, which covers a morning art session. $75 is 8 hours of a veterans healing. $225 covers a full day of one veteran to attend.
It’s no easy feat to raise $10,000 but with your help, we can get it done. Even if you are unable to donate, please share with your community.
If you know a veteran who might benefit from attending the retreat, please visit www.warriorsongs.org and fill out the application.
Warrior Songs is a 501.c3 non-profit, donations are tax-deductible.
PTSD is not a weakness and we don’t leave our wounded behind.