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Voices of Valor featured in PTSD Journal

Voices of Valor receives “My Brother’s Keeper” award from Veteran’s Haven North

Here is Bob Makin’s wonderful story on our CD Release event Monday evening!

​Our new CD, “Voices of Valor: Coming Home—Songs of American Veterans” is now live!

The powerful and moving songs on this CD reflect the original work of veterans, writing in groups of six to ten, over a period of nine weeks.  Writing in a broad variety of styles, each group brings you into their world, sharing their intense, emotional, and deeply personal reflections on their lives in combat, and…

Music For All Seasons receives Innovator Award for Voices of Valor

By BYRON JANIS 7, 2014 6:55 p.m. ET

The Wall Street Journal
A Healing Art

Can music heal? There’s been a great deal of study by neuroscientists on the
different ways music acts upon the brain, affecting our behavior, memory and the
like. But there is also growing scientific evidence attesting to its curative powers.

Many ancient cultures used sound and music for healing. Pythagoras called it
“music medicine.” In the Middle Ages, the study of…

By Julio Fernandez December 1, 2013

Spyro Gyra guitarist finds working with Voices of Valor to be a life-changing experience
Voices of Valor facilitator
For the NJ Courier News and Home News Tribune/Asbury Park Press

I have been the guitarist with the Grammy-nominated jazz group Spyro Gyra for three decades, recording more than 20 albums and touring all over the world, playing for audiences of thousands. So what has drawn me to the Voices of Valor project, where I get to work in an intimate setting with small groups of veterans, writing songs?

I first heard…

By SAMANTHA HENRY 12/28/12 03:00 AM ET EST

‘Voices Of Valor’ Helps Veterans Heal Through Music

MONTCLAIR, N.J. — During stressful times as a combat medic in Afghanistan,
Mason Sullivan found solace in Vivaldi. New Jersey native Nairobi Cruz was
comforted by country music, a genre she had never heard before joining the
Army. For Jose Mercedes, it was an eclectic iPod mix that helped him cope with
losing an arm during a tour of duty in…

By Bob Makin

Voices of Valor helps vets transition through music
For the NJ Courier News and Home News Tribune/Asbury Park Press

SCOTCH PLAINS — For the 27th time in less than two years, Voices of Valor is
about to release a song recording that helped a group of veterans release the
emotional wounds of war and other issues related to military service.

The township-based initiative — founded three years ago by the therapeutic
Music for All Seasons program and funded largely by…

By Peggy McGlone/The StarLedger Friday, October 14, 2011

The Star Ledger

John O’Boyle/The Star-Ledger
Tom Hankerson of Levittown, PA listens to drum
circle instructor Richard Reiter during a program
called “Voices of Valor” that helps returning vets
relieve and manage stress through music and
songwriting. The program takes place inside the
Rutgers student center in New Brunswick.

NEW BRUNSWICK —Their musical tastes range
from the Kinks to Betty Carter, from a…