Transcript for Helping veterans and current service members heal through music
We're thinking about our veterans on this veterans day and looking at a program that helps current and former service members through the power of music. Putting pain into song and dissolving apger one note at a time. ABC's Marci Gonzalez got a firsthand look and joins us this morning. Good morning, Marci. Reporter: Hi, guys. Good morning. They do this every year. Where else but in music city, Nashville, Tennessee, taking veterans and active duty service members, many with no musical background and helping them open up in a way they never imagined possible. ??? among Aaron's challenges when he returned to Tennessee from Afghanistan in 2011, finding the words to explain to his wife Stefanie what it was like to come under attack and the feelings that still haunted him once he was home. You know, I just thought, what's Wong with him. Why is our marriage falling apart? The army veteran struggling with traumatic brain injuries and PTSD and balloting problems with alcohol and anger. I was in jail and, you know, I was like, I got to change something fast. Or I'm going to lose my family. Reporter: Some of that change and those words he searched for for so long -- ??? I believe ??? Reporter: -- Finally coming to light with the help of professional songwriter bill delde Luigi. He did. The pair writing that song together at a retreat in Nashville put on by the nonprofit organization soldiers and families embraced or S.A.F.E. ??? They won't let me stay in that gunfight in my head ??? I don't exaggerate when I say it can be very life changing. Reporter: A life changing collaboration. Aaron started sharing some of his experiences overseas and we wrote the chorus first. It seemed a natural progression. Reporter: That helped him open up to his family. It was very helpful to me. It made it a bit more emotional. More real. Reporter: And each time he hears it, brings him back to his focus on healing. Whenever I'm having an off day, you know, I'll put that on, that song is definitely the stitches that are keeping that wound closed. It didn't sell a million copies but this is worth a heck of a lot more. ??? And they are releasing it on iTunes because Aaron thinks the song could help other veterans understand that they are not alone in their struggles. This singing their stories retreat is open to about a dozen active duty service member, veterans and their family members every year and it is just one of the programs offered by S.A.F.E. That Voorhees said saved his life. I do think other people -- it's important to let them know they're not alone in these struggles. Marci, thank you very much for this story on this veterans day
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