Jimmy Ray Sells
Jimmy Ray Sells, was a friend to everyone who knew him. He didn’t know a stranger. He was a musician, a father of four, a son, a brother, and a sailor in war. Yet, above all else, he was a storyteller.
Jimmy Ray Sells, was a friend to everyone who knew him. He didn’t know a stranger. He was a musician, a father of four, a son, a brother, and a sailor in war. Yet, above all else, he was a storyteller. He served his country proudly, and like many veterans was wounded in war, but these weren’t flesh wounds. His scars were far deeper, not visible to the eye. PTSD affects so many, but through his darkest moments he found a way to heal by telling his stories, and helping other veterans tell theirs. He found purpose teaming up with the guys from Freedom Sings USA, to help other veterans bring those scars to surface, just as he had, through songwriting and music therapy. The team at Freedom Sings USA in Chattanooga, TN helped change, I would even say save, my Dad’s life. They helped him look within himself and find music/songwriting again. We are forever grateful for that, and the memories we have with him. He’ll forever be a hero, not just to us, but to the many veterans he helped to tell their stories through song. He lives on in those memories and in his songs.
Veterans can heal through the power of music.
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