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Depicting the Invisible: Portrait of Sgt. Brian Torres with guest Stephen Bradford

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Artist Susan J. Barron discusses her portrait of Sgt. Brian Torres with guest Stephen Bradford, also a veteran suffering from PTSD. Stephen shares his story of PTSD and multiple acts of suicide. He discusses how music saved him, and how he works to share the healing power of music with others. Then listen to the Stephen Bradford Band Live from Scottsdale, Az.

Meet the band:

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Susan J. Barron along with the band, Stephen Bradford (right), Karen Lopez (middle), Dane A. Hill Sr. (left)

Stephen Bradford
U.S. Army, 1991-1999
2  Combat Tours (Gulf War)
Electric/Rhythm Guitar
Director/Founder "INSTRUMENTS 4 SUCCESS" Program

Karen Lopez, USMC
1979-1986
Guitar, Vocals & Songwriter
'Wandering'
'Walk Along'

Dane A. Hill Sr.
US Army
Percussion, Rhythm Section

This episode deals with Veterans and suicide. If you or someone you know needs help, please contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Veterans and service members can also be connected to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. There's a Crisis Text Line at 741741. The Crisis Lines are free, always available, and confidential.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Guitars for Vets

Scottsdale Music Company

Additional resources:

Mission 22

The Suicide and Trauma Reduction Initiative for Veterans (STRIVE)

Depicting The Invisible: A Portrait of Veterans Suffering from PTSD by artist Susan J. Barron is currently being displayed in Columbus at The National Veterans Memorial and Museum and The Hunter Museum of American Art

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