Jason Moon: His Mission
The one-sheet for Jason Moon's one-man PTSD presentation can be downloaded here. (You may have to right-click this link and select your browser’s download option to download the file.) Information on this performance is also available at the end of this page.
Since his return from the Iraq War in 2004, Jason has come to realize both that there is a terrible lack of awareness in the civilian community regarding their obligations to soldiers returning from war, and that the transition from warrior to civilian of soldiers returning from war is often handled very badly by our culture.
In recognition of this situation, in an attempt to rectify it, and in order to find healing himself from the rigors of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Jason has developed an interactive performance/discussion using music, information, and community designed to raise awareness among civilians of the needs of soldiers returning from war and to provide a transitional experience for soldiers who have returned from war.
Jason's mission grew out of his personal quest to bring his latest album, Trying to Find My Way Home, into being. Only able to finish a single song in over five years after his return from Iraq, Jason was asked to participate in the forthcoming documentary On the Bridge about Iraq War veterans' experiences on returning from the Middle East. He was then asked to finish several of his songs so that they might be used for the film. On the Bridge has since been released, and is available for screening.
This process of writing these songs provided the spark Jason needed to be able to once again take up his guitar and write several more songs, which combined became the nucleus of his new album and began an extraordinarily healing process. He sought to translate the healing he experienced in the creation of his album into something that would bring that same healing to others who he knew suffered as he did.
Based on the success of TTFMWH in the veterans community, Jason started a new nonprofit, Warrior Songs, Inc., in 2012. Warrior Songs seeks to take the stories provided by veterans and honor them by setting them to music and turning them into songs. To learn more about his nonprofit please visit www.warriorsogns.org
It is Jason's mission to bring this experience where it is needed. In 2012 Jason traveled 9,625 miles by car and 19,350 miles by air, meeting with and making 39 presentations to approximately 1,500 veterans and service men and women, and 4,000 civilians. He also gave out over 1,500 copies of “Trying to Find My Way Home” free to Veterans. All of this was accomplished through Warrior Songs, the nonprofit he founded in March of 2012. None of this would have been accomplished without the generous donations he has received from those who support his mission.
Trying to Find My Way Home is also available at bulk rates for groups wishing to use it for fund-raising and healing purposes. Contact Jason for more information.
Jason is also working on an experience similar to this one that is designed around songs of hope, in order to bring healing to veterans suffering from their experiences in war.
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Jason Moon's one-man PTSD education presentaion one-sheet
Thank you for your interest in musician and veteran Jason Moon’s one-man show, incorporating song, story and humor, that communicates the truth of our veterans’ struggles with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and provides tools to those who seek to help them.
Jason’s one-man show is an ideal way to raise awareness and/or funds for groups and organizations seeking to help returning veterans. Audience members will leave the experience with a new understanding of the reality of what PTSD is and how it affects the soldiers and veterans who suffer from it.
Jason, who battles with PTSD himself, has developed this show in order to encourage understanding and awareness of PTSD and related issues to civilian populations, and in it he shares his story in the hope that it will help others who struggle as he does. PTSD has reached an epidemic level among the servicemen and servicewomen currently fighting America’s conflicts, and Jason both explains why this is the case as well as provides much-needed strategies to help PTSD sufferers like himself.
Jason’s show discusses topics including:
• Concrete ways to help our soldiers and veterans who suffer from PTSD
• The seven things you should never say to a veteran
• How Iraq and Afghanistan are so different for our veterans compared to previous conflicts, and how these changes worsen the problem of PTSD
• Why the welcome-home parades and ceremonies, though important, are not enough
• How PTSD affects our veterans after they return home
• How military training discourages our veterans who suffer from PTSD to seek help and how the disability claims process for PTSD is making the malady worse.
• Why incidents of suicide and rape are epidemic among soldiers and veterans of current conflicts
Typical performances last approximately 90 minutes, although the time can be adjusted to as long as 2 hours or as short at 60 minutes depending on the needs of the sponsoring organization(s). It is appropriate for practically any venue – no room or audience is too large or too small – but, though not graphic in nature, it may not be appropriate for audiences that include young children.
Again, thank you for your interest. If Jason is able to bring understanding and healing, no distance is too far for him to travel.