Veteran's Voices Workshops
Veteran's Voices is a songwriting/recording workshop in which veterans who have experienced trauma, addiction, PTSD, and mental health issues learn to express themselves through songwriting. Each workshop begins with a drumming circle - a tradition used throughout the ages to prepare warriors for, and help them recover from, battle. This program has been supported by Pearl Jam's Vitalogy Foundation.
Songwriting for post-traumatic symptoms enables traumatized war veterans to get in touch with feelings that may have been isolated and numbed as a result of being in active combat. It allows them to feel and process actual emotions that are not dominated by trauma, start the process of making healthy life choices, and regain control over their own lives.