Connecting Couples

When you’re a Marine and your job deals with bomb disposal, death is always close at hand. For many spouses of EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) warriors, danger and uncertainty become permanent members of the household. The stress and worry can take a toll on a...

Our Mission – In a Photo

Look at this photo. A group of women gathered at a Painting with a Twist venue in January 2018. Study the photo then, click here where you will find SONGS written by each one of these women. Songs about combat, suicide, resilience, the pride of being a soldier and...

“I Never Intended…” A Message from a Veteran

photo by Rick Loomis I never intended to attend a SongwritingWith:Soldiers retreat myself. I simply came to the organization wanting to help in any way I can. Yes, I am a veteran. I served in the Army Reserves from 1991 to 1999 and spent many months packed and waiting...

A Special Thank You from a SW:S Veteran

Vietnam Veteran, Robb Robichaud, attended the November 2017 retreat at Heart J Center in Loveland, Colorado. A prolific writer, Robb was inspired further after attending the retreat and creativity workshops. He returned home and wrote the following poem as a tribute...

Five Years Strong in 2017

350+ songs 400+ veterans, active-duty, and military family members Five Years Strong in 2017 Building community and resiliency through song! October 2012 Three songwriters, a specialist in positive psychology, a handful of volunteers and ten soldiers gathered for...

A Story of Hope and Community

Ramona was tired. She had been struggling lately. Her therapist encouraged her to attend the SongwritingWith:Soldiers retreat for all female veterans near Fort Hood in May. She reluctantly agreed, but had little hope of it making any difference. On Day Two Ramona sat...

Songwriting as Life Spark

“The possible’s slow fuse is lit by the imagination.” Emily Dickinson For our veterans, it is sometimes difficult to describe how they feel immediately after writing a song. They have unexpectedly connected with someone they didn’t know and then created something...

One Songwriter. Countless Connections.

At SongwritingWith:Soldiers, we talk a lot about the impact that collaborative songwriting has on our veterans and the far reaching “ripple effect” of their songs. One thing we don’t talk a lot about is the impact of our program on the professional songwriters. Many...

Hope

The other day, as I was walking along the trail behind my house, I thought of the many people who have said to me, “You are always so positive.” Or, “I need Mary time.” I thought of this as I tried to set my pace, my feet and knees struggling more than usual. I knew...