Healing Veterans in Silicon Valley

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Heroes’ Voices began serving veterans almost four years ago. Our first series of music and poetry workshops were at the Veterans Administration in Menlo Park. We made the initial connection to Menlo Park through the staff from Senator Barbara Boxer’s office. The VA facility in Menlo Park has been around for decades and it was […]

Blowing in the Wind

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On Friday afternoons Heroes’ Voices does a singing workshop at the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit of the VA Hospital in San Francisco. Veterans there suffer from a range of issues including PTSD, depression, bipolar disorder and other challenges. Sometimes patients there are on suicide watch. Veterans at the PICU come and go, so I develop […]

Music, Science, Conflict Resolution, and Healing

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Several days ago, I met with a group of internationally renowned neuroscientists who study the extraordinary healing power of music in the brain. I also met with an equally renowned musician who is interfacing with scientists, exploring and utilizing music to facilitate negotiations and conflict resolution. First, I enjoyed a lively brunch meeting with a team […]

Veteran Poet in Orange

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One of the high points of our San Francisco performance of The Soldier’s Journey was a young veteran reading a poem that he had recently composed. That moment was particularly moving for me because, until that day, I had only seen Robert wearing an orange prison uniform. Robert, a US Navy veteran, was released from […]

Heroes’ Voices awarded two important grants

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Heroes’ Voices is delighted to announce that it has been awarded two generous grants, one from the California Arts Council and one from the Palo Alto Community Fund. The California Arts Council has awarded Heroes’ Voices $10,000 as part of their Veterans Initiative in the Arts program, providing support for nonprofit organizations to reach veterans, active […]

Audience Wowed by The Soldiers Journey

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The first performance of The Soldier’s Journey wowed the audience at San Francisco’s Fort Mason. The celebration featured song, stand-up comedy, and poetry. The four winning poems of the Heroes’ Voices National Poetry Contest were read, moving the audience to tears. Our special guest, Major General John Borling, provided comic relief as he began his remarks with a series […]