A FUNDRAISER BENEFITTING
FRONTLINE HEALING FOUNDATION AND OPERATION SONG
Frontline Healing Foundation is partnering with Operation Song to bring you the first Annual Warrior’s Picnic! Join us on July 29, 2023 from 6-11pm for an evening of celebration of family, community, and life along with musical performances by Josh Grider, Tom McElvain, Jamie Floyd, and Dallas Alexander!
Frontline Healing Foundation is dedicated to funding warriors who have made the courageous decision to ask for help in their treatment, and now we need your help! We are partnering with Operation Song to bring you the first Annual Warrior’s Picnic, with Live Music, Live Auction, Silent Auction, and much more!
When a warrior chooses to seek healing, they are choosing life, and we think that’s a choice that deserves celebration.
This year’s picnic will be held at beautiful Dog and Pony Grill in Boerne, Texas. This is an all ages, family friendly event, brought to you by Crye Precision. Join us at this fun restaurant that has a covered patio, playground, and basketball court, with a live music stage, and a dance floor.
Operation Song will be performing music written by our warriors, and it is truly an honor to be partnering with such an incredible organization.
Substance Abuse, PTS, TBI, and Suicide can be intimidating problems to confront; especially for our frontline protectors and their loved ones, but that’s exactly what we’re doing.
The purpose of the Frontline Healing Foundation is to subsidize the cost of treatment for veterans and first responders who do not have insurance or to pay for their healing. We subsidize the cost of detox, residential, outpatient, sober living brain treatment, K9, and continuation of care through warriors who want to go to Warriors Heart or through other facilities.
Our strength as warriors is through our bond and our community. We hope to see you there to support our brothers and sisters in need.
Josh Grider’s new album, Long Way From Las Cruces, is a celebration of life’s silver linings and an ode to all the ups and downs that have shaped his 20-year career. Grider’s journey began in Las Cruces, NM, where he grew up surrounded by country music. After college, he moved to Austin and signed a publishing deal. After four years in Nashville, he returned to Texas and settled in New Braunfels. Grider embraced the freedom to explore creative avenues, released Good People, mentored Gunnar Latham, and released two duo EPs.
After the pandemic, he wrote Long Way From Las Cruces with his closest musical compatriots and recorded live on the floor. Grider’s album Long Way From Las Cruces emphasizes the importance of being present and appreciating the little things in life. Grider’s closing track, “Boots On My Feet,” expresses his gratitude for the wild and wondrous days he has been given.
Tried and true Texas troubadour Tom McElvain is a culmination of years of bars and road joints mixed with songwriting cliches, bad life choices, regret, and heartache. Co-writing the songs “Grey” and “Rock and Roll” with Cody Jinks, his sustaining vocals about stories of life, redemption, and survival leaves the listener with an intimate memory of his life experiences.
Dallas Alexander is an Alberta born country inspired singer songwriter. He was raised on Fishing Lake Metis Settlement. His backwoods, Canadian-Metis, upbringing shine through in the songs that he writes. Inspired by the country music Greats such as Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Garth Brooks he also finds strong influence in modern artists such as Tyler Childers, Colter Wall and the Turnpike Troubadours.
Jamie Floyd is a Nashville based two time Grammy-nominated independent songwriter & recording artist who has written songs for Kelly Clarkson, Kesha, Miranda Lambert, Ronnie Dunn, Sturgill Simpson, Ingrid Andress, Brian McKnight, Wrabel, Kalie Shorr, Ty Herndon, Ashley Monroe, Madi Diaz, Jake Hoot, Cassadee Pope, Hayden Panettiere, Kellie Picker, Lucie Silvas and more. Jamie Floyd has written and performed for film and television, including “Oh Darlin” in Theresa Rebeck’s Glimpse, “Let it Shine” in Dolly Parton’s A Country Christmas Story, and “That Boy Ain’t Right” in The King’s Wife. She has also toured nationally and made her Grand Ole Opry debut. Metallica & Three Days Grace aired Encore Drive In Nights.Right.” She has toured nationally and made her Grand Ole Opry debut. Jamie won the “Rising Star Award” and plans to tour and release new music in 2023.
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ABOUT OPERATION SONG
Grammy and Dove Award-nominated Nashville songwriter, Bob Regan, had the inspiration for Operation Song in the 2000s while performing on Armed Forces Entertainment Tours at military bases in the Middle-East. On those tours, Regan met many service members with very compelling stories and thought that pairing them with songwriters — natural storytellers — might create some very compelling music. He was also made aware of the large number of service-related injuries, issues, and illnesses related to the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that some service members were having challenging transitions back to “normal” life. The idea was that transforming their story into a song might help them process seemingly random and chaotic events and emotions of their service and give them some order, perspective and validation.
In 2012, the program started with weekly sessions at the VA Medical Center in Murfreesboro, TN under the supervision of a music therapist. Groups of as many as eight veterans would tell stories about their military service and professional songwriters would transform them into song. The format gradually evolved from writing group songs to focusing on the individual veterans or service members and their experiences.
Operation Song soon began sponsoring weekend retreats across the country, and to date, Operation Song has written nearly 1,500 songs with veterans of WWII to those currently serving. Operation Song first partnered with Warriors Heart in 2020, when Tom Spooner was paired with our Founder, Bob Regan. Together they wrote, “Cry of The Wounded.” Since then we have held 7 retreats at the Warriors Heart Lodge and have written 44 songs with veterans and first responders. Go to Bandcamp https://operationsong1.bandcamp.com/ to hear the songs written at Warriors Heart.