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Warrior Songs / Press

“Still wracked by insomnia, and sometimes scattered because of his PTSD, Moon concedes that this has not been easy. He describes his condition as "sustainable," never all "better." But though he rejects the hero label, he still considers himself a warrior, with a responsibility to look back to see who among his comrades remain in trouble. "I'm going back in to get them," he says. And he's doing it with music – "because that's what I know how to do." That, he says, is how he will complete the mission.”

“Jason Moon's music is played during an opening Soldier's Heart circle. The words hit home to the emotions bubbling at the surface. Tears of release and healing begin triggered from Jason's prose. We begin our journey of trust, inquiry and healing amongst a room full of strangers who have quickly become family amidst the common denominator of war healing. Jason's Music sets the stage. We love him and are grateful for his gift.”

Jan Newell – Sister of a Vietnam Veteran - Endorsements

“Being almost twice Jason's age, I didn't think his music would have much of an impact on me. Boy was I wrong! It makes me want to work harder with these young men and women we have sent off to war for the last ten years plus. Humor is good medicine for these wounded warriors and Jason gives it in spades. The impact of his music and art in general is remarkable. Well done Jason...Well done.”

Hugh Scanlen, Vietnam Veteran 67-68-69, Veterans Advocate - Veteran

“The songs on Jason’s CD mirror his own struggles as a young veteran adjusting to life after war. He sings about the anguish of being far away from home, and about being in therapy after his suicide attempt. He sings about anxiety attacks, and about the emotional and mental numbness caused by his medications. He sings about the desperation of trying to hold on for one more day—and of one day turning into two days, and then three, and so on. He sings about sustaining the spirit.”

"All of these songs that I had written are about what it feels like to come home," he said. "Each song is like a little demon, a little monster that had been haunting me."

“Jason thanks to your music you have helped me in finally accepting my PTSD and to wear it with courage and pride vs. shame, embarrassment and guilt.”

Anonymous Veteran at Veterans Sanctuary Allentown, PA - Veteran

“Between the points of departure and conclusion for this song cycle, Moon covers most every feeling one might expect of a young husband and father sent off to an overseas conflict. Textures including bluegrass sprightliness, alt-Americana mournfulness and rage make for a consistently compelling listen. It's a concept album chronicling one man's story of trouble and redemption in a raw, melodic package.”

“Jason's Music gives a profound voice to the countless warriors who don't have the words to express the seemingly inexpressible wounds of war. As a psychotherapist who works with returning veterans, I am daily witness to the heart-wrenching effects of war on individuals and families. And as someone that has met Jason and experienced his music live, I've seen firsthand the impact that his music has on the souls of other combat veterans. As he articulates his pain, he is articulating theirs. As he chronicles his journey of struggle and healing, he is chronicling theirs. As he accesses hope, he is helping them to do the same. Jason's gutsy songs are sometimes humorous, sometimes weighty, and always poignant. The more that his music is shared with our returning warriors, the more they will see they are not alone and that healing is possible. And the more that his music is shared with our community as a whole, the better we will be able to help our warriors to truly come home. ”

Carolyn C. W. Brown, MSW, LCSW Asheville, NC - Endorsements

“There is a belief that art is medicine. Jason Moons music is medicine for all who listen. The universal theme of “home” as described in his poignant song, “Trying to Find My Way Home”, reaches veterans and their families, as well as civilians. The lyrics gently tell his story of serving in the Iraq war, bringing forth not only his memories, but also inviting those who listen to the possibilities of healing and return. Jasons zeal in using his music as a tool to share his experiences is present in his passionate performances .The words he sings and the timbre of his voice are testimony to his own healing and foster personal inquiry to ones inner landscape: "Can I come home too ?". I have personally witnessed the effect of his songs at a retreat for veterans. His music sets the tone for healing. His message is that there is hope, and that you can come home again.”

Lin Daley, Veteran Healer - Endorsements

“Many American veterans continued to be plagued by PTSD, unemployment, and homelessness; this is a recipe for despair, destroyed relationships, and even suicide. Singer-Songwriter Jason Moon’s non-profit organization, “Warriors Song,” recognizes that veterans need more than a prescription for more medications to be restored to a healthy, meaningful life. Due to Jason’s music and outreach I have personally observed veterans struggling with PTSD find the will to stay alive yet one more day. Jason’s music has enabled them to embrace hope and the possibility of healing in their future. Jason’s work helps trauma survivors to realize that they are not suffering entirely alone, that each of them has individual value as a human being, that they fundamentally matter. Simply put, to support the work of Jason Moon’s Warrior Song, is to support the conviction that the lives of our veterans have value should not end in despair.”

John D. Zemler, Ph.D. Founder, www.PTSDspirituality.com Lecturer in Theology, Ma - Veteran

“I am a mental health provider who works primarily with veterans who live with the aftermath of war. Many struggle to make sense of their experiences and are trying to figure out how to somehow fit into themselves and civilian society again. I am always looking for ways to have a conversation with veterans about what is happening to them in a manner that is both close to their experience and non-clinical so that they can really hear and absorb the information. I think your CD tells a story that is both very recognizable and hopeful. It is great to have such beautiful music and lyrics available to listen to with veterans. I wish I could give each of them a copy of your CD to take home.”

Johanna (Hans) Buwalda, M.Ed., M.A., L.C.P.C. - Endorsements

“I met Jason Moon at two different Soldier Heart’s retreats; Jason is an Iraq war veteran with combat PTSD. I am a female veteran rape survivor with PTSD MST. How can two veterans with different traumas be able to talk about their trauma and begin the slow process of healing? Jason has become part of that process. He is able to put into words his journey with the horrific effects of PTSD. Jason is not ashamed to show his pain and emotions while singing his songs. This provides a safe environment for others to express their emotions as well. He is always attuned to the mood of the community and adds humor to the unthinkable while singing. His contribution to my healing has been incredible. I wish him success, and hope that you can open your hearts and soul to see what I see.”

Deborah M. Stewart, DK! Retired Navy - Veteran

“Jason Moon has removed the barrier between the Veteran and healing. Translating his own experience into words and verse which are universal, he is able to transcend ages, stages and gender. Jason’s CD is portable therapy to take home and play PRN. It is Jason’s music that has been far more therapeutic for me than current intervention therapy. I have heard and read the same response time and time again from Veterans dealing with PTSD – and some with MST as well.”

Mary E. Hoettels, MS, RD, (Ret)., LTC, SP, USAR, (Ret).,AUSA, DAV, RAMSCA, NABMW - Veteran

“Get Jason's album and distribute it far and wide…. Jason's CD of songs as a veteran about the journey to war and back is one of the most profound testaments I've ever encountered on the full cost of war. This album of songs itself is a textbook on PTSD. It covers all the wounds; substance abuse and alcohol suicidal feelings and just being lost and alone and saying good-by to your beloved son who you may never see again the night before you leave for war; and I could go on and on.”

Edward Tick, Ph.D., Author, War and The Soul., Co-director, Soldiers Heart - Endorsements

“I’m not alone......this sums up only some of the impact Jason’s music on PTSD has had on me. For many years I was afraid to tell anyone about my problems as I thought they would not understand me and see me differently. Thanks to Jasons’s music I was able to reenter treatment and get the help I needed for so long for my PTSD. Ashamed no more, I am living a more confident and fulfilling life and I have to thank Jason for his music that gave me the courage once more to fight for my freedom.”

Anonymous Veteran at Veterans Sanctuary Allentown, PA - Veteran

“Jason performed at Women Veterans Week at Camp. It was an exclusive week just for wounded warrior women vets and Jason gave a very special, moving performance. Moving in many ways! His musical performance truly supported our “help to heal” mission. Playing his own “original” music, which reflects on his personal healing journey living with Post Traumatic Stress he, presented a very moving performance. His performance for our group was a mixture of heart-felt soul searching, classic oldies, modern music and even some sing-a-longs. He had the women vets at camp thinking one moment and on their feet singing and dancing the next. His music can take an audience on a personal journey that is emotional, reflective, uplifting, joyful and yes fun. . His music is diverse. I have come to know Jason personally. He is truly a person of character and his heart is in the right place. He is a person whose life focus is always pointed outward towards helping others.”

Kevin Moshea, Director Rehabilitative Services, Camp American Legion - Endorsements

“It seems like every generation has a songwriter who is able to capture the trials and tribulations of war and for this generation that songwriter is Jason Moon. His ability to capture the blood, sweat and tears in words is immeasurable. So immeasurable you can even hear, see and smell the days spent away from home at war. Moons ability to find common ground with his Brothers and Sisters of war is remarkable and his crowd interaction and storytelling is second to none. Not only do Moons lyrics transcend all wars but they have the ability to unite all Veterans over their time in service, struggles and losses. The one thing that I hear most in Moons music is the message of hope. Doctors and Clinical Professionals cannot put in a bottle or pill what his humor is able to do for the soul. Laughter is often times the best medicine and far too often un-prescribed. Thank you Jason and Soldiers Heart for helping this Soldier who has been “Trying to Find My Way Home””

SGT Peyton Boyd, 82nd Airborne - Veteran

“Jason, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for being who you are and sharing the deep, dark, raw and then hopeful and humorous feelings you have had during and since your deployment. Putting words and music to feelings that many can't express is what deeply helps make healing possible. Describing in detail what you went through in combat and how it changed you, even your brain physically and chemically, makes PTSD so much easier to understand...my words alone cannot describe how you helped me and helped me know that I wasn't alone in my feelings of separation, anxiety and depression. I am so blessed by your presence in the world. YOU ARE THE CATALYST TO THE HEALING OF SO MANY... YOUR MUSIC strikes the chords of ones very being.”

Elizabeth, Army Veteran - Veteran