“I Feel Safe Here”

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Heroes’ Voices began its programming at the VA facility in Menlo Park, California. We began with a series of singing and poetry workshops and a year later began our “Guitar Corps” programs. To date, we have served hundreds of veterans at that facility. While we have expanded our programming to more facilities all over northern […]

Raising Voices from Behind Bars

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A few weeks ago we began doing music and poetry workshops at the San Francisco County Jail in San Bruno. I connected with Ron Perez, who works with all the veteran inmates who are incarcerated there. Ron is a proud Army veteran who served in Vietnam, and is very active in the local veterans’ community. […]

“I guess you remember more than you think”

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Heroes’ Voices conducted a series of music and poetry workshops with a group at the Pathway Home PTSD Treatment Program, a four-month residential program for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in Yountville, CA. Some of the vets in this program have symptoms that are considered too volatile for residential programs such as those we serve at […]

Sometimes your Muse is a Blind Dancer

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Heroes’ Voices participates in a monthly Bluegrass Jam at the VA Hospital in Livermore, a gathering of Bay Area musicians who play for a group of veterans during and after their dinner. The Livermore VA is on a beautiful tract of land surrounded by vineyards. The building is at the top of a long hill […]

Reclaiming Lost Voices

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Heroes’ Voices offers workshops at the Cal-Vet Home in Yountville, mostly with elderly veterans plus a few younger vets with health challenges like Parkinson’s Disease. One vet, a man in his 50s, likes Simon & Garfunkel, so we often sing numbers like The Boxer and Sounds of Silence. After one recent session, he walked me […]

Heroes’ Voices Unveils New Research Program

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One of Heroes’ Voices most exciting new projects is a pilot research program that we will sponsor in cooperation with the Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR). This insightful new study will be on the Veteran’s Administration campus in Menlo Park, CA. Psychologist and researcher Dr. Ben Graham will lead the research, observing three […]