Vincent Adams

St. Edward's University

These photographs were taken at four SoldierSongs and Voices (SSV) workshop locations, two personal residences and one military installation in Texas, over the course of approximately three and a half months. The locations include Austin, Buda, San Marcos, Houston, La Grange and Fort Hood. The SSV workshops are for veterans and current members of the United States Armed Forces. The workshops are an attempt to help those veterans and service members deal better with emotional issues, whether or not the problems are directly related to their military service. The problems many current/ former service men and women face can be numerous, and not always related to military conflict. Many veterans come to the workshops looking to learn to play the guitar better, or maybe begin writing songs/music. Some come for the camaraderie, or to reminisce about their time in the military. And many come because they are still coping with bad war memories that just won't heal. Either way, the SSV workshops offer a safe haven for the veteran, with brothers and sisters who understand what it means to have served and survived.