Operation Song, the Nashville-based non-profit founded by songwriters to empower Veterans, service members and their families to tell their stories through the process of songwriting, will host its 6th annual Military Sexual Trauma survivors songwriting retreat in partnership with the VA TVHS Women Veterans Healthcare Center on April 6, 2019. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the goal being to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it, so this retreat’s timing is significant.
Nine women survivors of Military Sexual Trauma will meet with Operation Song songwriters for a day long retreat at the VA’s Women’s Health Care Center in Nashville. The Veterans will be encouraged to tell their story and the experienced songwriters, many of whom are award-winning writers, will work with them to turn that story into a song. At the end of the day, each participating woman will have their song, a new narrative of their trials and their triumphs, and a unique, new way to be heard. At the end of the day there will be intimate acoustic performances of all the songs and, in the weeks following, the songs will be put on a CD for the participants and their families to share.