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Operation Song – VAntage Point Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  • #OperationSong: No Cinderella by Army Veteran Lory Gatter
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on March 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    This #OperationSong spotlights “No Cinderella” by Army Veteran Lory Gatter and Jenn Franklin. Gatter wrote about overcoming traumatic experiences. The post #OperationSong: No Cinderella by Army Veteran Lory Gatter appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • #OperationSong: “I Fly” by Sam French
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on February 20, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Army Veteran Sam French co-wrote “I Fly” with Don Goodman and Matt Dame. The song opens with French remembering that, like most males of his generation, he was drafted into service. French was just 21 in 1969, and he “wanted to have a choice, didn't want to be one of those front line-boys." The post #OperationSong: “I Fly” by Sam French appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • #OperationSong: “Still Over There” by Franklin Tootle
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on February 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    In his song “Still Over There,” Air Force and Navy Veteran Franklin Tootle sings about his fight with PTSD. The post #OperationSong: “Still Over There” by Franklin Tootle appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • Veteran turns his story into song
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on October 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Army Veteran Michael Peterson from Richmond VA Medical Center and nine other Veterans turned their military experiences into songs at a workshop in Nashville presented by nonprofit Operation Song. The post Veteran turns his story into song appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • Veterans go to Nashville for songwriting retreat
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on September 10, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Operation Song empowers Veterans to tell their stories through songwriting. The post Veterans go to Nashville for songwriting retreat appeared first on VAntage Point.

Veteran Story – VAntage Point Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Charles Beckwith: The Father of Delta Force
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on January 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm

    Colonel Charles Beckwith was a Special Forces officer who founded the secretive special operations unit known as Delta Force. The post Charles Beckwith: The Father of Delta Force appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • Clifton Arnesen: Love against hate
    by Nathan Giacalone on December 5, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Clifton Arnesen enlisted to escape his troubled childhood but was discharged due to his sexuality. Later he became an advocate for LGBT troops. The post Clifton Arnesen: Love against hate appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • Richard DeLeon: Return from the Edge
    by Nathan Giacalone on November 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Richard DeLeon thought that his upbringing in New York had toughened him up, but everything he saw on those streets could not compare with the battlefields of Vietnam. The post Richard DeLeon: Return from the Edge appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • The Ambulance Driver: Elliot Hugh Lee
    by VAntagePoint Contributor on November 7, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    The factors that decide fate can rarely, if ever, be identified. In the case of Elliott Hugh Lee, the factor of one half-inch is what changed his life. In 1915, Lee was a recent graduate of Princeton eager to do his part for his country. Though things beyond his control altered his original path, Lee never lost sight of his goal to serve his country. Lee served both France—a country he came to care about genuinely—and his own country in the war on the Western Front. He continued his service long after the end of the war. Lee was born … The post The Ambulance Driver: Elliot Hugh Lee appeared first on VAntage Point.

  • Giles McCoy: Surviving adrift in the Philippine Sea
    by Nicholas Rogers-Dillon on October 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Marine Corps Private Giles McCoy survived for nearly four days after he sinking of the USS Indianapolis in the shark-infested Philippine Sea. The post Giles McCoy: Surviving adrift in the Philippine Sea appeared first on VAntage Point.

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