PORTLAND, Tenn. (WKRN) – Army Sergeant Stephanie Vazquez served her country where she gave her heart, soul and body. Part of her leg was amputated after being injured in a shootout overseas. Now, on the road in Portland, she shares the peace she finds here with the children of fallen teammates.
“I’m really focused on building farms for the kids out here because I know these animals have been therapeutic for me. And to this day, they’ve loved them,” said Vazquez.
The teenagers traveled around the country with their stories.
“My biological father passed away abroad. He really is a hero,” 14-year-old Jayden Shoellhorn explained. “My biological mother and my stepmother passed away from murder-suicide. He has PTSD. I guess I got the Gold Star 3 times.”
Teens, like Shoellhorn, inspired Vazquez to team up with Smyrna-based Soldier’s Child Foundation for a weekend of therapy where they would be surrounded by sound. bar in the farm to sweet melodies of another kind.
Friday night, the teenagers took part in a songwriting session, where their memories were turned into tunes, guided by a family of people connected by their love of country and loss. .
“You can only find comfort in anyone. You don’t have to worry about being judged by your circumstances, and they won’t be upset if you cry in front of them,” says Shoellhorn. “It’s just, you know, comforting.”
All thanks to the generosity of A Soldier’s Child supporters.
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“Thank you. Thank you very much,” Shoellhorn told the sponsors. “It was really helpful.”
https://www.wkrn.com/news/local-news/wounded-warrior-helps-mend-minds-through-mentorship-and-music/ Wounded warrior helps mend minds through mentorship and music