The supporters of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) come from all walks of life, and their generosity allows WWP to provide free, life-changing programs and services to injured veterans, their caregivers, and family members. David Britt of Charlotte, North Carolina, wanted to support WWP and the warriors it serves through music.
“After watching ‘American Sniper’ at home one afternoon a couple months ago, it just hit me – I had to write another song,” David said. “I’d seen the movie numerous times, but something that day was different. I was overcome with emotion. I thought about all the men and women who’ve served and didn't make it back home at all. Then I thought about my kids, and I lost it. I had to write a song to say ‘thank you’ to our soldiers.
“The words just started flowing almost as fast as the tears from my eyes,” he said. “I heard the song in my head. I grabbed my phone. Typed out the words and hummed the music into my recorder. The music worked to the exact second with the words. I knew this was not a song I'd sing; I thought of it as more of a beautiful song with spoken words. It came together nicely.”
David has been a supporter of WWP for many years – while he did not serve, many service members are in his family tree.
“My dad, my dad's father, and my mom's father and stepfather all served in the military,” David said. “It’s a big tradition in my family, and I knew the first time I heard about Wounded Warrior Project, I wanted to try to honor their service by supporting a cause worthy of their memory.”
Among the ways WWP connects warriors with services that empower them to live their lives on their terms, David sees the sense of home created by those programs as profound and lasting.
“We all want a home – a place where we feel safe and warm and rest our heads at night,” David said. “After coming home from serving our country, I wish every man and woman could have a paid-off home and full-time job waiting for them automatically, but I know that's not the case. It’s incredible knowing Wounded Warrior Project provides our veterans with a way to get started again and community support as they get their feet on the ground. I've seen countless stories on TV about how Wounded Warrior Project has helped our veterans, and I've seen how positive the impact has been. Those stories move me beyond words.”
David is dedicating his newest song “Thank You Soldiers” to those who have sacrificed for America, but also to WWP for helping those who return home with visible and invisible wounds of war.
“Living in the United States is a blessing in itself, and the reason we can enjoy this great life is because of our veterans,” David said. “They put their lives on the line. Many made the ultimate sacrifice. The blood they shed in past battles, and the blood they shed today in battles all across the world, is for us. What they have done, and what they continue to do deserves the utmost respect. We need to support our veterans as much as possible – something that Wounded Warrior Project is doing every single day.”
To hear David’s newest song, visit https://youtu.be/Vv66Nlnxev4. To learn more about how WWP’s programs and services connect, serve, and empower wounded warriors, visit http://newsroom.woundedwarriorproject.org, and click on multimedia.
Contact: Mattison Brooks – Public Relations