Musicorps helps injured veterans learn the gift of music

Cpl. Tim Donley was on patrol in Afghanistan Feb. 9 when he stepped on an improvised explosive device. The blast caused the loss of both his legs and severe injury to his arm.

But when Donley stepped on stage at the 6th annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit this month, it wasn’t his wounds the crowd noticed, but his remarkable voice and ability to rule the stage.

Donley, like many other veterans, is thankful for the gift of music, which can lift a veteran out of pain, depression and boredom. That is the goal of Musicorps, a program at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., started by the pianist Arthur Bloom.

“We try to figure out what people’s backgrounds are, their musical interests and then whatever they want to do — we try to move heaven and earth to make that happen,” Bloom said.

Read more from ABC News about Bloom and veterans taught to play instruments as a form of therapy.




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