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Musicorps helps injured veterans learn the gift of music

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Cpl. Tim Donley lost of both his legs in February in Afghanistan. But when he stepped on stage at a Stand Up for Heroes benefit this month, it was his remarkable voice – not his wounds – that the crowd noticed. Continue reading

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Veterans with brain injuries trying music therapy

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Veterans with brain injuries will have a chance to see whether learning or playing an instrument can improve their brain power. Continue reading

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Veterans lift ‘burden of memories’ through art

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Veterans of Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan have turned to art to preserve their intimate and enduring memories of war. Continue reading

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Student veterans’ stories inspire unusual play

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US Marine Corps Sergeant Samuel Dillon was on patrol in Afghanistan four years ago when he was hit by sniper fire. Now studying at Suffolk University, Dillon, 26, is one of seven student veterans whose stories are told in an unusual theatrical production titled “At Ease.” Continue reading

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Theaters offer free, discounted tickets for veterans

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Nearly two dozen theaters around the country are offering free and discounted tickets for plays, classes and other services to veterans and military families. Continue reading

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Wanted: Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who rock

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Wanted: Iraq and Afghanistan veterans ready to rock for a good cause. Continue reading

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Opinion: War-weary veterans need the fulfilling effect of arts in their lives

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It’s little known that, through three centuries of war, the arts have found a home in our military. The ennobling sense of calm, control and beauty that all of us experience when we reach for a book or listen to a symphony is equally if not more vital to men or women who have been to battle. Continue reading

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Carved ‘life-story’ walking sticks honor fallen soldiers

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Florence McSween could not stop crying as she saw the life of her son, killed by an IED in Iraq, memorialized on a handmade staff. The walking sticks, carved by Virginian Bob Hamill, should be called “life-story sticks,” she says. Continue reading

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Veteran pours his pain into “Fallujah,” first opera about the Iraq War

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Christian Ellis found the only way to soothe the war wounds in his soul was by losing himself singing opera’s powerful, haunting songs. Now the former Marine machine gunner— who has attempted suicide four times — is putting his pain on stage in the first opera believed written about the Iraq War: “Fallujah.” Continue reading

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San Francisco mural will include names of 4,484 fallen Iraq soldiers

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A mural being painted in San Francisco’s “Veterans Alley” will highlight each of the names of 4,484 fallen Iraq soldiers. Continue reading

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