Mark Wills Launches 'Crazy Being Home' Awareness Campaign
Country star Mark Wills is launching an awareness campaign as the official voice of USA Cares' Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) program.
The award-winning country music artist and USA Cares (a non-profit national military assistance charity founded to assist post 9/11 military families in emotional health and recovery, and bearing the burdens of service with financial and advocacy support) have joined hands to introduce and officiate a national awareness campaign surrounding the severity of PTSD and TBI.
Wills, who has been working with USA Cares since 2009 and its Warrior Treatment Today program, will lend his time, talents and music as the official spokesperson, and USA Cares "voice," in the newly organized "Crazy Being Home" outreach to encourage and support America's post 9/11 veterans and assist in raising funds for the PTSD and TBI programs to enable these individuals to return to a "normal life" as we know it here at home.
Wills has made more than seven trips to Iraq and Afghanistan entertaining our troops and has become personally acquainted with the faces of our brothers and sisters in the military and is familiar with the places they've been.
Having gained a special insight into the trials and stresses faced by our soldiers in combat, in reflection and considerations, he's offered up his most recent recording of "Crazy Being Home" as the Warrior Treatment Today anthem.
Kicking off the Warrior Treatment Today "Crazy Being Home" campaign, Wills will perform at the 6th Annual National MilBlog Conference during the Opening Reception and Benefit for USA Cares at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 29. According to Andi Hurley, founder of the Annual MilBlog Conference, "We're honored that Mark would take time out of his busy schedule to perform. Mark's tireless support of the military community makes him a perfect fit for the MilBlog Conference. Former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld will also appear as a special guest.
Introducing "Crazy Being Home" for the first time before a live audience, Wills said, "I was moved to record this song and put it out there by a young man who is on active duty with the special forces. His story and reaction inspired me in such a way that we hope it serves as a message to speak to all of our veterans to say 'you are not alone.' Suffering from PTSD is an injury of war and the Warrior Treatment Today 'Crazy Being Home' efforts are to open the door to make emotional and physical therapy available to anyone and everyone who suffers."
The song is features on Will's forthcoming album entitled Looking For America due in June 2011.
For more information on Mark Wills and the "Crazy Being Home" campaign, visit his official website.
To learn more about the USA Cares Warrior Treatment Today program, see www.usacares.org.