“Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.”

          Leonard Bernstein

Operation Song’s Mission is to empower veterans and active duty military to tell their stories through the process of songwriting.

Our Vision is to become the premier songwriting organization serving the active duty military and veteran community, to expand our programs stateside and overseas, and to train others in our model.

Our History

Operation Song was founded in 2012. Nashville songwriter Bob Regan had the inspiration for the program in the 2000’s while performing on Armed Forces Entertainment Tours at military bases around the world. On those tours, Bob was made aware of the large number of service related injuries, issues, and illnesses related to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan: TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), PTSD, injuries and illnesses, and increased risk of suicide. It was apparent that some servicemen and women who had deployed, many for multiple times, were having challenging transitions back to “normal” life. The idea was that putting a service member or a veteran in the room with a songwriter could be therapeutic, that transforming their story into a song might help them process seemingly random and chaotic events and emotions of war and give them some order, perspective, and validation.

The program started with weekly sessions at the VA Medical Center in Murfreesboro, TN under the supervision of a music therapist. Groups of as many as 8 veterans would tell stories about their military service and professional songwriters would transform them into song. The format gradually evolved from writing group songs to focusing on the individual veteran or service member, their stories and unresolved issues.

Operation Song soon began sponsoring weekend retreats around the Southeast in Ft. Benning, GA, Chattanooga, TN, Little Rock, AR, and as far away as New York, NY to Pensacola, FL. To date, Operation Song has written over 800 songs with veterans of WWII to those currently serving.

There has never been, nor will there ever be, a charge to any veteran or family member for our services. It is our honor to serve those who have served.

WHO WE ARE

Our Board of Directors includes veterans of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, professional songwriters, and others dedicated to serving the military.

Bob Regan
Bob ReganChairman of the Board
A Grammy and Dove Award-nominated songwriter with over 200 songs recorded by artists from Keith Urban to Roy Rogers, has garnered 11 ASCAP Most Performed awards. He holds a BA in Psychology from the University of California at Davis.
Kyle Frederick
Kyle FrederickExecutive Director
Kyle Frederick is a music industry veteran, musician, songwriter, artist manager, and non-profit executive.

BOARD MEMBERS

Dennis Buchanan
Vietnam Veteran, retired police officer Mt. Juliet, TN.
Michael Byer
Director SOAR, Army OIF/OEF Veteran, Military Liason, Songwriter
John Clement
John Clement is a 20-year Army Aviation Veteran and current Field Director for United States Senator Marsha Blackburn.
Kevin Doherty
Attorney practicing in the fields of insurance regulation and the entertainment industry. Kevin is President of the Tennessee Captive Insurance Association, Inc.
Barb Gould
Financial and strategic planning professional, military spouse.
Terry Gould
Navy Veteran, Author, Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising
Ed Hardy
Army Reserve Veteran, Sales, Marketing, General Management, CMA Foundation Board, Music City Music Council
Gina Jackson
Air Force veteran, public relations professional in the Washington DC area.
Danielle Lauber
Recreation Therapist, PhD candidate at MTSU
Bob Leonard
Vice President Ambulatory Solutions, Marketing, Public Relations, Business Development
Cindy Morgan
Recording artist, songwriter, multiple Dove award winner.
Debbie Radish-Respess
Human Resources, Organizational Development
Jason Rose
Healthcare entrepreneur, CEO of AdhereHealth, an innovative medication adherence technology company located in Nashville, TN.
Storme Warren
Television and radio broadcaster, host of the Storme Warren morning show on SiriusXM’s channel The Highway.

I went to see my routine weekly psychologist on Tuesday and he said “Chris this is our 5th session and this is the most relaxed I’ve ever seen you.” “So again I say Thank You BROTHER ’cause you didn’t help me unlock that door we kicked that F*#@*$ open together!!!!!”

Chris, a veteran of Iraq, who helped pull down the statue of Saddam.

Abbey, my wife, described it best when she said the writing of the song was a game changer.

Chuck A, Iraq veteran

This is such an incredible thing… I literally feel like it has been therapeutic for me.  Please never stop doing what you do as I know it is helping so many individuals.

Crissie C. Gold Star Wife