FREEDOM SINGS USA!
WHEN THE STORY BECOMES A SONG...
FREEDOM SINGS USA!
WHAT WE DO
1-800-273-8255 & Press 1
TN Dept. of Veterans Services 615-741-2345
Classes are not physically meeting due to COVID-19. Please visit our "Virtual Class" page, by clicking here.
When & Where We Meet
Wednesdays 9:30 a.m.
Erlanger Lifestyle Center
325 Market Street #307 Chattanooga, Tn. 37402
This is an open class. Please consider joining us!
*Chattanooga Vet Center
2nd & 4th Thursdays 5:00 p.m.
1300 Premier Drive, Suite 180
Chattanooga, TN 37421
*Please Call the Chattanooga Vet Center
for Thursday classes- 423-855-6570
Freedom Sings USA is recognized in the Guidestar non-profit community and earned The 2020 Bronze Seal of Transparency
In the spirit of public service, Freedom Sings USA is honored to partner with the following
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Summit for Soldiers.org,
Soddy Daisy Community Library,
Wreaths Across America
A LATE START
Veteran, Matthew Mason
It was late November, two days before Thanksgiving, 2010, that I arrived at 1st Platoon to rejoin the unit in which I had fought with in this same A.O. 18 months before. I had been with the Company since it stood up in 2004, save my tour at Battalion, as assistant Operations Sergeant Major. I was greeted by my new Platoon Leader, 2LT Matt Jones at the HLZ on touchdown. Having been stationed here before, things looked similar as very little had changed on FOB Kushamond since my last tour. FOB Kushamond was located in the Kushamond district of Paktika province and would be my home for this tour once again; unbeknownst to me at the time, it would also be my final tour of combat. The FOB was small, only about 700 yards long and 500 yards wide, a lonely outpost in the middle of vast open terrain, mostly flat, save some wadis and rugged mountains in the distance. It didn’t sit on a strategic point such as a crossroad, but did allow for access to the large open area surrounding the base. The amount of dust, which at times had been knee high, was now virtually gone, whether trampled down or blown away by winds. What was left was hard packed earth and rock. We quickly loaded my baggage into a MATV (Mine Resistant All Terrain Vehicle), and drove up to the dust colored buildings where the Platoon spent their time when not on patrol, working out, on perimeter guard, or some bullxxxx detail.
THIS PIECE IS A WORKS IN PROGRESS AND HAS TAKEN 9 YEARS TO GET THIS FAR. THE EVENTS ARE 100% FACTUAL AND CERTAIN NAMES HAVE BEEN OMITTED TO PROTECT THE INDIVIDUALS FROM HARRASSMENT. I STRUGGLE WITH PTSD AND TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES EVRY DAY OF MY LIFE, MAKING IT EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO CONCENTRATE. HENCE WHY IT HAS TAKEN THIS LONG TO GET THIS FAR. MANY TIMES, EMOTIONS TAKE OVER, AND I ZONE OUT FOR HOURS ON END AND FIND MYSELF JUST QUITTING FOR MONTHS AT A TIME. OTHER TIMES: JUST THINKING ABOUT COMBAT IS TOO MUCH TO DEAL WITH. I INTEND TO FINISH THIS ONE DAY. NOT FOR ME; BUT FOR THE MEN THAT I FOUGHT WITH, MY BROTHERS IN ARMS, MY “GIANTS”, THAT WERE ONCE CLOSER THAN FAMILY. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME AT
Click on link below to read more of Mason's story.
Album of The Week
Video: What I Was Saved For
Due to COVID-19, events will be rescheduled. Please check back for updates.
August-Little Rock, Arkansas Retreat. Dates TBD.
Saturday, November 7-Fundraiser-The Walden Club Luncheon and Concert.
Friday-Sunday, February 21-23-Little Rock, Arkansas-Retreat and Classes begin.
Check out our photos.
Live airing of the "This N That" Show. News Channel 9 at 12:30 p.m. Featuring Freedom Sings USA. Click here for aired segment.
Wednesday, 12/11-Freedom Sings USA Christmas Concert at Songbirds.
Tuesday, 11/12-Airing of the “This N That” show. News Channel 9 at 12:30 p.m. Featuring Freedom Sings USA
Wednesday, 11/13-Arrival of Van Booth into Chattanooga's Erlanger Lifestyle Center 9:30 a.m. for Van’s debut party.
Saturday, 11/16-White Lightning Harley Davidson, Grilling for Charity. Al Jarvis and Freedom Sings USA. 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11/23-White Lightning Harley Davidson. Al Jarvis will be grilling up burgers by Freedom Sings USA. Also, support their blood drive from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.