Graphic Designed & Sketched by Blaire Allen
The Hits For Heroes page is a collection of various art forms. Art is expressed in many different ways. Here you will find stories from veterans told through content, song and photos. As this page is created, it will become a storybook, history told and documented.
Content warning: The following contains actual war images and expressions that may be considered graphic by some.
Freedom Sings USA – James Eyler's Story.
"I don’t know why am I here...
Who am I to write these words?
Who am I that people would listen?
To be honest...I don’t know.
I don’t why write this.
Maybe I just hope that someone will listen. Maybe it's just for me."
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as his story becomes a song.
I wrote “Some Days” in 2010 after being medically retired from the U.S. Army. I was struggling with PTSD, but didn’t know what it was or how to deal with it. First, I turned to the pills that were issued to me by the VA, then started washing them down with hard alcohol.
After reaching a really dark, low point in early 2010, I started accepting the fact that I was going to end my life. I called the veteran’s crisis line 1-800-273-8255 (vets press 1) and told them I was ready.
After realizing how selfish I was being to those that did not make it back, I decided to dedicate the rest of my time to helping other vets in my situation (which ended up becoming my real therapy).
I began writing my thoughts in poetic form. I wrote about the days that brought me to my knees, the days that had my breath smelling like Bacardi 151, the days that had me crushing my prescription pills so I could snort them up my nose so I could fell numb a lot quicker, the days that had me screaming at God, and the days that had me loading my handgun so I could finish the job... “Some Days”