CHATTANOOGA, Tn — Veterans in this country are dealing with a wide range of medical and mental health related issues.
There are all kinds of therapies available to help.
A few years ago a few folks in Chattanooga hit on something that has helped a lot veterans.
In the Price Of Freedom we talk about what the organization Freedom Sings is doing to help women veterans.
6 years in the Army, deployed twice to Afghanistan, Gina Lacy, then came back home to North Georgia in 2013.
That was a hard transition.
"I love my family and I love my mom, my dad, my sister, my step mom, they tried really hard to help me but you can't help what you don't understand," Army veteran Gina Lacy said.
It took Gina a few years she found a few people who do understand.
"I didn't find the program until 2018-2019 so for the first 5 years or so I was in a really dark headspace," Gina Lacy said.
That program was a class with Freedom Sings.
It is song writing and music therapy here in Chattanooga that has grown to a national level therapy option for veterans across the country through the VA.
One of the Freedom Sings classes is called Trailblazers.
It's just for women who served in the military.
"Actually saying it out loud made all of the difference for me, and a lot of veterans that I'm sure are out there now still struggling
Founder Bobbie Allison Standifer says more than 300 veterans have come through the program at this point.
There is a luncheon this Saturday from 11-2 at the Walden Club in Chattanooga where Freedom Sings will honor their Trailblazing women.
The event will help fund the Trailblazers program.
If you are interesting in supporting the program there is information about the event on their website.