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Stories of Impact

I really want to start writing retreats or teach at them, writing, songwriting, everything. Writing is my passion. Ill always be grateful for your retreat and the lessons I learned there.

B.H., USMC, RET

As a wife and the caregiver to my Veteran, the Music Therapy of the Rockies experience itself was beautiful. The veterans, the musicians and Mack all working together creating a safe space to heal, culminated into one of the most touching, most vulnerable and most amazing experiences. My veteran felt heard, understood and listened to and at the end of the retreat we walked away with new hope, new friends and a kick ass original song.

R.D., Spouse of participant from 2021

Did I tell you how much the weekend and you meant to me? You kickstarted my new life of loving myself. I can't stop talking about you and the weekend.

L.P., Retired, US Air Force

What you did by inviting me to participate was to feed my musical and therapeutic soul, when I didn’t even know I was hungry

J.R., Music Therapist — Board Certified
So Much Love To Give

Music Therapy brought Cece to a better, happier place.

I wouldn't have been making healthy choices to deal with stuff before the retreat. It took a little bit, but the retreat is what kinda like what launched everything else. I'm in therapy and it's been great. This is the first time I've been willing to open up and talk.

S.R. , Army RET

The retreat at Amy Grant’s farm in Franklin,TN helped rewire my brain as I had been suffering from 3 months of suicidal ideations every day from 27 years of PTSD. All I can say is WOW! I left that retreat feeling reset and recharged. My suicidal ideations were gone. I still have my PTSD symptoms, but I now have more tools (guitar) to be able to channel my feelings in a positive way through music. I now take guitar lessons and it helps. Thank you

M.B., US Army

The 11 veterans you had sitting before you on Saturday morning were not the same 11 people who got up on that stage last night and poured their hearts out to everyone in the room. And because of that, not just their 11 lives, but every life with whom they come in contact is forever changed

M.E., Music Therapist — Board Certified

I feel extremely honored to have my story memorialized in a song. That will certainly help heal another veteran

Sgt. L.G., III, Retired, US Army

I’m going to harden my fingers (for guitar) and soften my soul.

R.F., US Army

I’ve still been playing almost every day. I love these guitars. Thank you so much for investing in us over there. They have made the daily grind more enjoyable

A.B., US Air Force, Iraq

I’ve still been playing almost every day. I love these guitars. Thank you so much for investing in us over there. They have made the daily grind more enjoyable

A.B., US Air Force, Iraq

I really cannot thank you enough for the Music Therapy of the Rockies retreat experience. It was life changing. I sing my song every single day. It represents healing and growth. I could say thank you every day and I don’t feel like I would be expressing my gratitude sufficiently.

B.R., Retired, US Army

I feel completely alive! 180 degree turn around from where I was on the first night!

John, Retired, US Navy

The music retreat with Music Therapy of the Rockies was an amazing experience not just for my husband, but for the entire family. The few days he was doing the retreat were a little rough, I'm not going to lie. The creative process of making music and creating lyrics had Dustin digging deep into a lot of things that he tries to avoid. Then, on family night after the presentation of all the songs and veteran's stories, it was like a weight had been lifted from him! He wasn't burdened by these deep dark feelings anymore. The song he and Mark Elliott created was amazing and years later it still makes me cry. It is our daughter's favorite song and she requests to hear it on a daily basis. We got a part of the husband and father back that we seemed to have lost many years ago. Our family is so grateful for that every single day. We never knew about music therapy and we are so blessed for what Mack Bailey and Music Therapy of the Rockies has done for all of us.

L.H. Spouse of participant from 2018

I want to thank you for that weekend at Music Settlement, it proved to be a turning point in my life. My treatment for the MST and it's demons is ongoing. I bought a house! I'm engaged with the outside world and have taken some leadership roles in my Veterans Organization. Chairperson of the Veterans Advisory Committee at the Cleveland VA and Commander for my Disabled American Veterans Chapter. What you do matters. It has changed my life. I just wanted to tell you that out loud, and with proof!