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Songs from Soldiers

Songs from Soldiers

November 2, 2022

Wall display is located near Military Resource Center (Departure Terminal)

(Hanover Township, PA) – In recognition of Veterans Day, Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE) has partnered with CreatiVets to unveil a new wall exhibit highlighting their Songwriting Program for Soldiers.

“These songs written by veterans need to be heard by everyone. Listening to the songs not only helps other veterans feel like they are not alone but it also helps bridge the gap between the military civilian divide” said, Richard Casper, Co-Founder/Executive Director, CreatiVets.

The display is located near the Makala A. Ashmar Military Resource Center in our Departure Terminal (beyond the TSA Checkpoint) and can be viewed by passengers from November 1st – December 31st.

 CreatiVets is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that empowers wounded veterans to heal through arts and music.  Their songwriting program offers veterans a unique opportunity for collaboration with accomplished songwriters and music artists with the mission of capturing a veteran’s personal story through song.  According to the organization, many veterans that participated in this program have learned how to play the guitar after they return from the songwriting program and continue writing songs on their own.

“Finding special ways to express our appreciation for the service and sacrifice of military veterans remains paramount for the Airport.  Several years ago, we constructed the Makala A. Ashmar Military Resource Center, which continues helping active soldiers and veterans enjoy their own relaxing space when traveling through ABE.  We’re hoping passengers download and listen to these songs on display, and maybe it inspires someone to participate in the future,” said Thomas R. Stoudt, Executive Director, Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority (LNAA)

CreatiVets has served over 870 veterans across 49 states to provide relief and healing by allowing veterans an opportunity to share their stories through self-expression.  For more information about the program, visit https://creativets.org/

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