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Inspire Lasting Gifts

"Thanks again for reigniting a smoldering ember!!"- Rob Rogers, EOD Soldier Keeping creativity and connections thriving within our community has been a priority of SongwritingWith:Soldiers since day one. As the pandemic deepened, our effort only strengthened. In...

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Micro Moments with Massive Impact

"SongwritingWith:Soldiers showed me how to be happy again... how much micro moments of connection matter and what they can lead to."- Sgt. Josh Geartz, U.S. Army, Retired "Welcome everyone to SongwritingWith:Soldiers' Creatively Strong Interview. I am Josh Geartz, the...

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Building Strength

A mother of five, US Army veteran Michelle Roberts had tried to end her life, more than once. We found this out through her song. We also learned that her five children were her "five reasons" to keep living. Everyone at the retreat could see the relief and renewed...

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Square Wheels

"When I returned home from the retreat, I founded Uniting US, an arts organization to help veterans and civilians connect to each other, create and exhibit their art."- AnnMarie Halterman, U.S. Air Force, Retired "I was at the lowest point in my life when I heard...

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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...

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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...

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“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...

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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...

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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...

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