According to the VA twenty percent of the veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are suffering with PTSD.
In Nashville, a group of songwriters are helping veterans heal with music. They are now working to bring Operation Song to Chattanooga this month.
Music can be a powerful healing tool. Country artist Laurel Taylor and writer Don Goodman have seen it happen. They help veterans, veterans wives, and other family members turn their stories into music.
"Laurel and I had a twenty-five year old widow," Don Goodman told us. "I mean you're not supposed to be a widow at twenty-five. She was married four months and twenty-eight days, and then her doorbell rang."
That young widow's name was Brittany. Her husband was killed in combat.
Laurel and Don met Brittany during an Operation Song event at Fort Benning, Georgia.
"We wrote that song that day and that night Britany sat between Laurel and I up on that stage in front of all of those people and she says I'm not gonna cry," Goodman said.
Bobbie Allison-Standefer was at Fort Benning the night they played that song. Now she along with Heartland Therapeutic Programs are helping to bring Operation Song to Chattanooga to help vets here.
"They'll get comfortable with them the night before, and then the day of they will isolate themselves with these soldiers, veterans, or family members who have lost a veteran," Bobbie Allison-Standefer said. "They will pull their experience out, write a song, and that evening we'll have a concert."
Learn more about Operation Song in Chattanooga and Heartland Therapeutic Programs here
By Josh Roe