Rogers joins Freedom Sings USA project

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HEYWORTH — Clinton U.S. Navy veteran Marc Rogers will be part of a national project to record the stories of military veterans.

Freedom Sings USA is coming to Heyworth for a two-day veterans’ retreat.

Freedom Sings USA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Nashville and Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Heyworth Sons of American Legion Squadron 624 and the American Legion Post 624’s support, along with other area sponsors, is making the retreat possible.

Grammy Award- nominated songwriters Don Goodman and Steve Dean, co-founders of Freedom Sings USA, along with professional songwriters Bill Whyte, Bobbie Tomberlin, and Irene Kelley will be paired with four local veterans to tell their stories through song. 

Those veterans are Marc Rogers, of Clinton (Vietnam), the Rev. Robert Guy, of Heyworth (Operation Enduring Freedom), Mark Buchholz, of Bloomington, (Desert Shield/Desert Storm), and Ernie Runyon, of Heyworth (Vietnam).

Also included will be a song recently written for Gary Sigler, a former Vietnam POW, who spent almost six years at the “Hanoi Hilton” North Vietnam POW camp before being released.

On Wednesday, June 19, there will be a free public concert at the American Legion, in Heyworth where the songs, written that day, will be heard for the first time. The songs will later be taken into a recording studio to be put on an album and added to the Freedom Sings USA official website.

You can follow the website at http://www.freedomsingsusa.org  to view videos and listen to the albums already completed.

The mission of Freedom Sings USA is to help veterans, military personnel and their families throughout the country reach emotional balance by using the creative process of songwriting. Songwriting, along with peer support, helps provide the tools necessary to cope with trauma or the readjustment from military service.

The organization promotes public support, education, and appreciation for the sacrifice that veterans and their families make serving our country.  Freedom Sings USA offers workshops, group meetings, retreats, and peer-to-peer sharing through in-person and online classes with free life-long access to these classes and other resources for military veterans of any age.

The Heyworth concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19 at the American Legion to honor these veterans.