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2020 In the Press

Military Times: VA Is Sending More Veterans to Songwriting Retreats

Originally featured on Military.com. The Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding a partnership with a Nashville nonprofit that links veterans with professional songwriters and musicians at retreats the VA describes as "helping veterans share and cope with military experiences through music."

2019 In the Press

2018 In the Press

When Music Becomes Medicine

December 31st, 2018|Comments Off on When Music Becomes Medicine

Songwriters from Operation Song go from hitmaking to healing as they co-write with Tennessee’s military veterans with PTSD

Tennessee Crossroads: Operation Song

December 15th, 2018|Comments Off on Tennessee Crossroads: Operation Song

On Nashville Public Television's Tennessee Crossroads, learn about 'Operation Song,' where songwriters help veterans deal with PTSD by writing songs about the memories that haunt them. Check out Ralph's Donut Shop in Cookeville. Learn the fascinating history surrounding an antebellum mansion in Knoxville. Visit one of Tennessee's smallest counties for one BIG Irish celebration.

2017 In the Press

Sunday Today Show: Operation Song is using country music to help veterans find their rhythm

December 11th, 2017|Comments Off on Sunday Today Show: Operation Song is using country music to help veterans find their rhythm

Doctors at the Department of Veterans Affairs are helping some military veterans return from deployment with an unlikely prescription: country music. In this week’s Sunday Closer, NBC’s Kerry Sanders travels to Nashville to meet vets finding their new rhythm alongside two of country music’s biggest songwriters.

#Veteran of the Day: Sean Niquette

December 8th, 2017|Comments Off on #Veteran of the Day: Sean Niquette

Vantage Point   |   December 8, 2017 Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Sean Niquette who wrote the song “West Point to Arlington” with #OperationSong. Sean served during the Iraq War. Sean was born in

#Veteran of the Day: Daniel Williams

December 1st, 2017|Comments Off on #Veteran of the Day: Daniel Williams

Written by Adam Druckman   |   December 1, 2017 Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Marine Corps Veteran Daniel Williams. Daniel served in the Marines from 2000 to 2004 and wrote the song “Breathe In, Breathe Out”

2016 In the Press

MTSU “Operation Song”Session Helps Vet Heal

November 4th, 2016|Comments Off on MTSU “Operation Song”Session Helps Vet Heal

Written by Wes Talley, Rutherford Source   |   November 4, 2016 The day could’ve been another workday for seven Nashville songwriters and another co-writing assignment in an MTSU experiential learning course for seven advanced

Songwriting Trios Help Local Veterans at MTSU “Operation Song”

November 1st, 2016|Comments Off on Songwriting Trios Help Local Veterans at MTSU “Operation Song”

Written by Gina Fann, MTSU News   |   November 1, 2016 The day could’ve been another workday for seven Nashville songwriters and another co-writing assignment in an MTSU experiential learning course for seven advanced

[Listen] Program Helps Chattanooga Veterans and Families of July 16 Victims Turn Traumatic Memories Into Music

July 17th, 2016|Comments Off on [Listen] Program Helps Chattanooga Veterans and Families of July 16 Victims Turn Traumatic Memories Into Music

Written by Casey Phillips, Times Free Press  |   July 17, 2016 Some stories are easier to tell than others. Some — the especially painful ones — never slither into the light of day at

2015 In the Press

At Nashville’s VA, Songwriting As Therapy For Sexual Assault In The Military

October 5th, 2015|Comments Off on At Nashville’s VA, Songwriting As Therapy For Sexual Assault In The Military

Written by Emily Siner, Nashville Public Radio  |  October 5, 2015 The conference room inside a Veterans Affairs center in Nashville feels distinctly clinical: beige walls, gray carpet, creaky chairs. But on a Monday afternoon in

Easing the Pain of War with Country Songs

March 24th, 2015|Comments Off on Easing the Pain of War with Country Songs

By John Donohue, The New Yorker Magazine   |   May 24, 2015 This year, in honor of Memorial Day, there’s a concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol. Among the people headed to Washington, D.C., for

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