Music Therapy for Veterans

This week, my guest is Jason Moon. Jason Moon’s song “Trying to Find My Way Home” has won the 2012 gold medal for the Veterans Administrator’s art’s completions in the special recognition category. Jason is honored to be recognized for his work, both healing him and other veterans through music.

Jason began his musical career playing around campfires in his home town of Eagle River, Wisconsin. He later relocated to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where he attended UW Oshkosh and was a focal point of the burgeoning Fox Valley music scene. He hosted several open mics, wrote dozens of songs, and played hundreds of shows from 1995 until he was deployed to Iraq in 2003.

Jason recently released Trying to Find My Way Home, “an accidental concept album” based on his own war experiences and on his attempts after his homecoming to regain the man he was before he was deployed. In Iraq he frequently performed for his fellow troops, but for over five years after his return in 2004 he was unable to finish more than a single song – despite songwriting once being his greatest joy in life. Jason’s other original solo recordings include Naked Under All These Clothes and Poverty.

In 2009 Jason was interviewed for the forthcoming documentary feature film On The Bridge and was asked to record one of his original songs for the credits roll, an experience that energized him to finally begin to write songs again in earnest, and which ultimately led to Trying to Find My Way Home.

Jason Moon currently performs as a solo artist and as a member of the following acts: Moon & Schultzy, Little Mischief, The Paste Eating Elmers, and Moon & Thacia. He has previously performed as a member of: The North Country Ramblers, Drivinʼ Wheel, Moon & Lipsky, The Deep Bellum Revival Band, The Great Garbonzos, and Every Day Toast. He has been honored to share stages with dozens of extremely talented musicians over his many years of performing. For booking and retail album inquiries, please contact Full Moon Music.

Jason Moon is also a veteranand an activist, and he is on a mission.  Find out how you can help here.

Warrior Songs is a non-profit organization which seeks to help bring hope and healing to veterans through music. Through a variety of programs Warrior Songs uses music to assist veterans and civilians to more fully understand and integrate all aspects of the war experience. Their mission is to transform trauma and struggle associated with war into music which educates, inspires, motivates and entertains.

They believe that helping those who have experienced war find language to convey buried experiences and feelings will deepen ones self-awareness and leads to a more purposeful existence. Processing chaos into stories and converting them to music fosters communication and helps bridge the gap that often exists between family members, civilians and veterans. War by nature is destructive and over time diminishes the natural human instinct to create. Veterans who are able to turn the destructive force of war into something meaningful and beautiful are able to reclaim hope and joy. The fact that music provides many therapeutic benefits is widely respected by therapists and physicians around the world. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes the progress and recovery made through the creative arts and hosts an annual National Veterans Creative Arts Festival to celebrate healing through art.

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