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HeroSong Helps Vets Through Therapeutic Power of Music

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Adam Martin, Iraq War Combat Veteran and Lead Singer/Guitarist with "Blackbird Anthem"

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, about 1,300 military service members transition back into civilian life every day.  The reintegration process can come with serious challenges including post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health challenges, and a new Southwest Florida-based initiative called HeroSong, aims to help through the therapeutic power of music.  

The non-profit organization records and produces original music composed and performed by veterans, active military members and first responders at no cost.  We’ll learn more about the organization from HeroSong co-founder and director Julian Sundby.  We’ll also hear from Combat MP and Iraq War veteran Adam Martin, who will perform live in studio!  Martin has recorded with HeroSong and performs his original southern rock music with the band “Blackbird Anthem.” 

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Live! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida.  Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA covering local government and general assignments.John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. His work has garnered awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and a first place award and “Best in Show” from the Florida Associated Press for his investigative work in 2011.