Heroes’ Voices leverages the power of music and poetry to make a direct, positive impact on veterans who seek better lives and more satisfying reintegration into their communities.
It is difficult for many veterans to re-acclimate to civilian life, especially the estimated 500,000 veterans who are returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).
Heroes’ Voices empowers the men and women who have served our country with a sense of connection and pride through participation in musical ensembles and performances. The prescription of music as therapeutic tool is robustly supported by medical and scientific evidence.
- Our Veterans’ Voices programs build confidence and community as Veterans raise their voices together in song and poetry:
- Vets Singing with Vets workshops provide opportunities for Veterans for camaraderie and joy by making music together.
- Guitar Corps and Harmonica Corps teach Veterans new skills and the benefits of self-expression with free guitars, free harmonicas and free guitar lessons
- Poetry Slam workshops encourage Veterans to explore and write poetry.
- Our Voices for Veterans programs speak up for Veterans and their unique needs with:
- Advocacy and national, regional, and local levels.
- Partnerships with other organizations serving Veterans including the VA Medical Centers in Menlo Park and Livermore; CalVet Yountville, Gryphon String Instruments in Palo Alto, the American Music Therapy Association, and others. .
- Research into music and music therapy, specifically exploring the most effective music therapy protocols for treating veterans with PTSD and TBI.
- Music Soothes programs that provide entertainment in hospital and hospice settings.
- And our Veterans Resources provide Veterans with comprehensive information about and access to music and music therapy in communities across the USA.
Launched in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2012 we are now expanding to communities around the country.
Leadership and Community Support
Our Boards of Directors and Advisors includes active and retired military and VA personnel, other experts with extensive experience in non-profit organizations. In its inaugural year, Heroes’ Voices received institutional support from the Schick Foundation and the Evans Charitable Foundation; leadership gifts from several valued individual donors; and pro bono services from Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe, Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Ott Design.
Our support and advocacy for research on music therapy directly and positively impact thousands of lives by connecting those in need with exciting new non-pharmaceutical treatments for issues common to the veteran population. Heroes’ Voices is expanding our direct programming while serving veterans and forging new cooperative relationships. We advocate for and facilitate programming and partnerships in communities across the country.
We are making it a common event for Veterans to share music together in communities across America.