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Raven Drum on CBS’ Early Show

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?


Twitter Tuesday: @RavenDrum

Drumroll please…it’s Twitter Tuesday!

Today’s Twitter Tuesday user: @RavenDrum

@RavenDrum is the official Twitter account for The Raven Drum Foundation, who was co-founded by Rick Allen, drummer for Def Leppard.  According to their Twitter bio, their mission is simple:

The mission of Raven Drum Foundation is to SERVE, EDUCATE and EMPOWER Veterans and their families.

Yesterday, Monday October 19, 2009, Raven Drum was scheduled to be featured on CBS’  The Early Show, but the segment was rescheduled, according to @stikrick. Look for a post on here when the segment airs.

@RavenDrum and every other Twitter Tuesday user I showcase can easily be found on the Twitterers I Follow page of my blog.

Add this user to your Twitter followers, and like always, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @heatherbray. I’d love to hear from you. Happy Twittering!

Raven Drum Foundation

Twitter has been a powerful tool in feeding my blog, and introducing me to people all over who share my passion for veterans and veterans’ issues. Recently I was Re-Tweeted on Twitter by @stikrick; Rick Allen, the drummer for Def Leppard. He RT’d a post by @OpPTSD_Mac about Zane Love, then @stikrick posted an @reply to me:

@HeatherBray Thank for bringing awareness to PTSD. http://bit.ly/3f1p4r Do you know about Raven Drum? http://bit.ly/4mjbBF

The second link introduced me to The Raven Drum Foundation, a foundation co-founded by Rick Allen. The Raven Drum Foundation was founded in 2001 to harness the therapeutic benefits of drumming.

Raven Drum Foundation’s connection to veterans is their “Veteran Resiliency Project,” which is “an innovative healing program for veterans, active duty military, and their families,” according to their website. The “Veteran Resiliency Project” is using the benefits of drumming to help relieve stress, combat injuries, anxiety and depression being suffered by military personnel and their families.

In addition to the “Veteran Resiliency Project” through the Raven Drum Foundation, Def Leppard gave away free tickets to their summer tour to active duty and military veterans.

Def Leppard and the Raven Drum Foundation will be featured on CBS’ The Today Show on Monday, October 19, 2009 at 8 a.m. Eastern time.

I’ll be watching to learn more about this organization, will you?