The segment was originally scheduled for Monday, October 19, 2009, and when I watched The Early show, I thought my local programming cut out Raven Drum’s segment. It was later in the day @stikrick Tweeted about the segment being rescheduled.
CBS called Rick Allen a “heavy metal hero,” when they introduced the segment at 8:39 a.m., but told a larger story about battling through obstacles to reach a personal great. Allen lost in his arm in 1984 in a car accident, but never let it stunt his career as a drummer for Def Leppard. He taught himself to play guitar all over again, and found a larger great through his battle; he found the ability to use Def Leppard and his story as a vehicle.
“Def Leppard is a vehicle to inspire people who are going through their darkest moments,” Allen said during the segment when talking about his organization Raven Drum, which works to help wounded war veterans overcome their injuries and enhance their lives.
“Through Raven Drum they get a chance to open their hearts and bare their souls.” A simple idea in concept, but something that means so much to the veterans Raven Drum helps because their goal is not to point out fallacies in wounded soldiers, but to “celebrate uniqueness,” Allen explained.
The segment was short, almost to the point where if I had changed the channel, I might have missed it. However, I feel it hit on an important point: talk to a veteran if he/she has a story to share. They might just need someone to talk to about something that happened. Be there for them. If you know someone who served in a combat situation, let them know you’re there for them.
See my original post on Raven Drum here.
What did everyone think of the segment? Too short? Not enough detail?