Veterans Story to Song CD Vol 1.

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Introduction
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.  

 
Budget  
The budget to complete the project is $5000.00.   
Recording                           $1600
Graphic Design                $800
Master                                  $200
1000 CD's                          $1600
 Travel                                    $400
Promo & Distribution   $400
Gofundme Fees (10%)  $500
Total                                        $5500

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
 
Project Sustainability
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.

Mission Statement:
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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I wanted to let you all know that "Bullet Dress" off of
"If you Have to Ask... Warrior Songs Vol 1. " is up for an award! None of what we do at Warrior Songs would happen if not for our generous donors. So this award is as much for you as it is for anyone! Read on to learn how you can vote!

2017 (NAMA) Native American Music Awards nominee for Song/Single of the Year - Contemporary & Traditional formats “Bullet Dress” by Melissa Doud with The Mambo Surfers (Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa)

Public voting is open for the Native American Music Awards! Scroll down to #14. Song/Single of the Year - Contemporary & Traditional formats...

We've submitted to have Melisa and the Mambo Surfers perform at the awards show in New York October 2017.

I'll keep you posted...
Thank you,
Jason Moon



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We are trying to ship CD's to those of you that haven't gotten them yet. We need the mailing address to send them too. Gofundme doesn't allow us to see your email. This is our last attempt to send you the CD. We can also send you a download link for a digital copy, but you need to reply to this email.
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The CD's are in the mail to everyone who provided their mailing address. We will wait a week and then try one more time to contact those who haven't provided their mailing address yet. We are excited to send out the new CD to you. If you have not already done so please send us your mailing address!
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Just a reminder. The CD is out. The release party is tonight. 11/5/2016 at 8pm at Funks Pub in Fitchburg. I'd love to see you there. More info can be found at the link below. If your not planning on comming to the release party i will need you to email me your mailing address if you have not already done so. Thank you again for your support. We've already distributed 90 copies of the CD to veterans and given another 50 to organizations that work with veterans. None of this would have been possible without your support. http://allevents.in/fitchburg/cd-release-party-for-warrior-songs-vol-1/927384600738795?utm_source=weekly-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter-2016-11-04&utm_content=event-page
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