Myths, choices, PTSD, and victims

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013

I’m a person. I’m an American, and damn proud of it. I’m a Texan, and glad I live here. I’m a Veteran, and thankful for all the amazing experiences I’ve had because of my service. I’ve been diagnosed with PTSD. No single one of those statements defines me. They’re all a part of who I […]

From AJ Merrifield

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013

I’m speechless. As those who know me can attest, me speechless is a rare thing, indeed. SongwritingWith:Soldiers founder Darden Smith once said, “As A.J. would put it, ‘Why use four words when you can use four hundred?’” And yet… Here I sit, and I find myself unable to sum up the words to truly convey […]


Posted by on Jul 3, 2013

About four years ago I wrote a song with my friend Radney Foster called “Angel Flight.” The song changed my life. We wrote it for the Texas National Guard, to honor the pilots who fly the planes that bring fallen soldiers home. Radney put the song on his Revival CD, and we started getting letters […]

Carrying Stories

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013

The days and weeks after a SongwritingWith:Soldiers retreat can be a difficult time for me. The stories I hear during the writing sessions stick around. They revisit me and alter my step in unseen but unmistakable ways. Sometimes it’s just a mood, a darkness that follows me around as I make my way across the […]