Warrior Songs Play to Vets in Spokane

By Paige Browning

A military veteran will bring his guitar and storytelling to Spokane this weekend. Jason Moon heads the organization Warrior Songs, and works alongside vets with post traumatic stress disorder to find healing through the creative arts.
Jason Moon served as a combat engineer in Iraq, and upon returning to the U.S., he began a struggle with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and eventually attempted suicide. Moon looked for healing in music, and found it there, which moved him to share his story and songs through the non-profit Warrior Songs. He said it’s hard for vets to tell their story, especially because they have to relive it to tell it.
Moon: “So veterans come home and they try to explain what they went through, and the civilians don’t know how to hear it or don’t want to hear it, and they don’t feel like their experience is recognized or validated, so they begin to isolate. Isolation is what causes suicide. Isolation is why 22 veterans a day are taking their own lives.”
Moon and other Warrior Songs staff travel the U.S., and will be in Spokane Saturday night at the Unitarian Universalist Church. They do outreach, talk about PTSD, and have veterans share their stories that may eventually inspire a song.
Moon: “If I do my job right, it actually sounds like a well written song, and then we put it in the studio and record it with professional musicians. It becomes easier to hear in that process.”
Saturday’s event "From Hell to Healing: One Veteran’s Story", is free to veterans. So is Moon’s music. He says they never will charge veterans.

Warrior Songs will also host a healing retreat in Spokane in early November. Moon says it’s a four day retreat to use music and other creative arts for healing.

For more information, go to warriorsongsspokane.org.

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