GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Many veterans face depression, anxiety, or other mental health problems when adjusting back to civilian life after war. Right now two local veterans are working to bring music therapy to those who are struggling, through their organization Vets End Inc.
The idea all started with Sean Thomas. He joined the army after 9/11, and started serving during the first year of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He says the adjustment after returning from war took a toll on him over time.
"The more I experienced, the more anxiety and depression I felt, and I needed help," says Sean Thomas, the Founder of Vets End Inc.
This is when Sean turned to music, specifically guitar. Eventually his love and dedication to music took over his need to take medication.
"Music has been a life saver for me," says Sean.
Sean brought on Sam Humphrey as the Music Director of Vets End Inc.
Sam has been singing since he was 5, and playing guitar since his military training days. He will complete three and half years in the military this June. He tells NewsWatch12 that music is something he's gone back to during times of hardship.
"Music heals people. It's one of the best medicines I've ever seen in my life," says Sam Humphrey, Music Director of Vets End Inc.
Right now the two are working to bring in more funding. This will help them secure a space next to the Rogue Protection Group, put an attorney on retainer, and expand their services for veterans.
"I would love to have a venue that we could hold concerts with our veterans, and then also bring in other bands and artists to put on benefit concerts for our cause," says Sean Thomas.
Right now part of the proceeds for the upcoming Lita Ford concert at the Josephine County Fairgrounds will go to Vets End Inc. To purchase tickets, click here. There is also a way to donate to Vets End Inc. through Rogue Federal.
Sean says these donations bring them one step closer to helping as many veterans as possible.
To learn more about Vets End Inc. and its mission, click here.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health problems, click here.