We’re all familiar with the 22 veterans a day statistic. It’s a constant reminder that a veteran is taking his or her own life every 65 minutes. Knowing this often leaves us feeling disheartened and powerless. Veteran suicide is a systemic problem; it’s difficult to imagine that we can really do anything. We say, if onlys. If only the military… If only the VAs… If only I could do something… Well, you can do something! This is a call to action!. We need you! Donate to a project that helps veterans to heal by telling their stories. Warrior Songs is looking to raise $5500.00 through Go Fund Me, to complete our Story to Song CD: Warrior Songs Vol. 1
Story to Song Project
The cornerstone project of Warrior Songs, Story to Song, compiles the stories, poems, painting, and testimonies of veterans, which are turned into songs by accomplished songwriters. Through the cathartic process of sharing their story, the veteran no longer has to carry the burden of their trauma alone. When other veterans hear these stories it serves to normalize their experience. Transforming and externalizing the trauma help the veteran to heal while simultaneously creating a tool to help educate the public to the realities of war. These songs are then recorded and released on a compilation CD (Warrior Songs Vol 1) which is then distributed to veterans free of charge and at cost to the many organizations that work with veterans, such as Veteran Hospitals, Vet Centers, and our many ally’s across the nation.
Current Status of Warrior Songs Vol 1
Fifteen stories have been turned into song. The topics range from military initiation, deployment, combat stress, military sexual trauma, life or death decisions, reintegration, healing and hope, and much more. Six songs are already written, recorded, and ready to release. There are seven more that are written but need to be recorded in the studio. The last two songs are in the final stages of writing and will then also need to be recorded in the studio. The CD is slated to be released on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016.
The budget to complete the project is $5000.00.
Graphic Design $800
1000 CD's $1600
Promo & Distribution $400
Gofundme Fees (10%) $500
What you Get
Donations of $10.00 or more will receive a complimentary copy of the CD when it is released. $50.00 or more will receive a Warrior Songs T-Shirt and a CD. $100 or more will receive all this and recognition on our webpage. $250.00 gets you all this plus recognition in the physical CD inlay. Any money beyond the $5000.00 needed to complete this project will go to Warrior Songs Vol. 2 set to be released 11-11-2018. Warrior Songs hopes to release additional volumes every 2 years. You can listen to two of the competed songs at the following links.
The Things We Carried
Never Be the Same
Warrior Songs has a rich collection of veteran’s stories that will not make it on this first cd, and we have even more veterans contacting us to share new stories. We have interested songwriters and studios onboard to continue to write and produce more songs. We are not lacking in need or interest of the project, but in funding. Our hope is to release a biennial compilation album that will continue to provide a forum for veteran stories and experiences through the healing power of music.
Warrior Songs is a 501 c (3) non-profit organization committed to facilitating healing through the creative arts. Our mission is to assist veterans in more fully understanding and integrating all aspects of the military experience by transforming their traumatic experiences and struggles into an art form that both inspires and is life affirming, thus motivating their continued healing. We also provide educational opportunities for nonmilitary community members to learn more about veteran issues (Post Traumatic Stress, Military Sexual Trauma, and Traumatic Brain Injury). Donations to Warrior Songs are tax-dedcutable.
About the Founder of Warrior Songs
Jason Moon is a veteran of the Iraq war and has traveled over 250,000 miles performing over 200 shows for over 5000 veterans and over 15,000 civilians. His work has prevented over 32 suicides. Over 8000 copies of Trying to Find My Way Home have been distributed to veterans and veteran healers. Trying to Find My Way Home is a concept album about Jason Moon’s personal struggle with PTSD. Music therapists and healers at VA hospitals and healing centers around the country use this album as a tool to break through to veterans and help them heal. During his travels, Jason collected the stories and testimonies of numerous veterans and has been working with songwriters to turn them into songs.
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