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Anguished Veteran Finds Solace With Freedom Sings Arkansas - USA 

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 9:24am  BY CASEY COLLIER

Local resident and veteran Gregory Mitchell was suffering last year a debilitating mental anguish.


The former Redeye, Stinger, and Chaparral missile crewman had served on the Redeye Team, Combat Support Company, 3rd and 32nd Armored Division of the US Army from 1977-1980, and was in the throes of post-traumatic stress disorder pertaining to his service.
He attempted to end his own life, and was brought to the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Biloxi, Miss. But he still felt the effects of his trauma after undergoing professional treatment there.

He said a friend of his told him about a program to help struggling veterans, called, Freedom Sings USA.
So, he got in touch with the non-profit organization, and was accepted to their Little Rock, Ark. ongoing classes, for a two-day songwriting workshop where he was greeted by fellow veterans, and invited to work with professional songwriters to carefully craft a song about his personal military experiences, perform it in front of an audience, and have it professionally recorded and made available to the public.

 

Read more @: 

https://www.banner-tribune.com/local/anguished-veteran-finds-solace-freedom-sings-usa 

As the Program Director of Freedom Sings Arkansas, I am happy to announce the first Executive Council, effective immediately, composed of the following Veterans:

 

President: Tim Wood

Vice-President: Chris Dover

Treasurer: Joel & Bobbie Crinella

Sergeant at Arms: Carlos Cervantes

 

Our program’s Lead songwriter is Don Tucker. 

Don, Veteran Gregg Shively, Rodger King and I will will serve songwriters.

I'd like to personally thank each person on this note and the many others who give

their time and money to keep this program going.

Very Respectably,

Paul W. Tull, Director

Freedom Sings Arkansas

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5/26/2020:

Freedom Sings USA co-founder Don Goodman has informed me we are to receive a fiddle autographed by Charlie Daniels! Thanks Don!!!

That (not :) golden fiddle should arrive this week. My plan is to hold an online donation (raffle) to help raise much-needed funds for our organization. More info to follow...stay tuned!

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Update and Easter Greetings!

A new feature has been added to our Home Page. It came to our attention not everyone desires to have music downloaded. A simple solution was dispatched to allow those who wish to have a physical CD mailed to them is now available. We will 'burn' you a copy of any songs for the usual donation of $1 per song, plus postage and mailing supplies. There will be no 'mark up' on supplies and we will only ask for a donation to cover the costs. 

Our goal is to raise approximately $5,000.00 to have all of our Demos and Work Tapes from past (& future) retreats professionally recorded and produced. But until then, you can have any of our songs mailed to you on a CD to enjoy now!

Thank you for reading this note. Please continue to tell friends and family about our work. 

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April 2, 2020 Meeting Agenda with Director's Notes

 

Roll Call: THANKS TO ALL WHO CALLED AND SHARED OUR MEETING. Please let me know if you were on the call & I missed your name.

Don Goodman, Carlos Cervantes, Bruce Wesson, Lesa Dickson, Gregg & Rita Shively, Rodger King, Steve Dean, Joel & Bobbie Crinella; Jimmy Ford, Bobbie Standefer, Harold Tucker, Don Tucker.

 

Had a request for next meeting to be on 2nd Thur, May 14th. at 6:30p

No objections were voiced so we’ll set this date/time for next meeting

 

Updates – 

  1. web site is functioning great & able to process donations – spread the word; new ‘Steve Dean’ Tab (www.FreedomSingsArkansas.org)

  2. Facebook is also active – pls go “Like” the page

  3. 501c3 status still pending

 

Treasury Report: 

$636.02 in the bank, with no money owed/outstanding debt.

1. Unknown (future) liabilities include legal fees. 

2. We will soon incur a $60 fee for QuickBooks (required) purchase. 

3. Website has been prepaid x 3 yrs by anonymous donation: Cost of $396.

4. Thanks to Bill Luplow for $100 donation.

 

Old Business

  1. Joel Crinella & wife considering leading our “Boots on the Ground” program. I’d like to see Carlos C. in leadership role at events, too. Other volunteers?

Volunteers will be utilized as events return to normal this Spring/Summer. Our plan of action includes taking our CD & Music to local VFWs & other like-minded, patriotic organizations that we have contacts at, and then branch out and create a network of sites we can draw support from & show support to them

 

  1. Our financial goal is to raise $5,000 to produce next CD. This amount should cover all production costs for all songs written at Arkansas retreats. Donations are always accepted online or a check can be mailed to program director

 

Other discussions- Web site can accommodate lyrics for songs written. Lyrics can be sent to Paul (paultull@hotmail.com) and be added to songs

 

New Business

  1. “Zoom” program for meetings & songwriting events – Don Tucker will address the topic Don T & Michael Dobbs will move forward on this project…stay tuned for details

There will be a video on Freedom Sings USA (www.FreedomSingsUSA.org) website of a recorded song writing session soon to see how this works

 

Paul will attempt to link Facebook at web site. Rita Shively has web site experience and will now assist Paul with web site management and content.

 

Adjournment

Freedom Sings Arkansas

PO Box 765

Little Rock, AR 72203

29MAR20 Group email

Hello everyone,

I truly hope this note finds you & your family in good health. “Social distancing,” a term most of us were unfamiliar with a few weeks ago, is our new norm. It’s difficult, but necessary.

 

On Thursday, April 2nd, 2020, we plan to host our monthly organizational meeting via a “Call-in” teleconference. Michael Dobbs and I will be on our hospital campus to facilitate the business meeting. This will be my first time running a full scale call-in meeting, so please be patient as we work through the process. I will email the call-in number and our agenda no later than mid-day Thursday, with instructions on how to access the meeting.

 

Web site update: I have added a “Steve Dean” page to our web site (www.FreedomSingsArkansas.org). We are very fortunate to have the Little Rock native as a co-founder of Freedom Sings USA, and his desire to bring the program to his home state. Check out the new page…just look for the “Steve Dean” tab on the menu. Check web site often to see new things, and tell your friends and family about it. 

 

Thanks to our donors this month: Bill Luplow and an anonymous donor. This organization ruins off of volunteers and donations. We have to have a consistent supply of both, and we appreciate you!

Paul

 

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Respectfully,

Paul W. Tull

Director, Freedom Sings Arkansas

www.FreedomSingsArkansas.org

Call/text: 501-626-9480

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