Operation Harmony: New Music Therapy Program for Veterans

Patti Patton-Bader, granddaughter of General George S. Patton, along with her husband founded the San Antonio based non profit organization, Soldiers’ Angels aimed at helping veterans and their families during and after duty. Operation Harmony is their newest project. Operation Harmony provides music lessons (some taught by other veterans) and instrument to troops involved in the Wounded Warrior Project.

“We received a letter from a mother about a soldier with traumatic brain damage, and she said he used to love to play guitar,” Patton-Bader said. “My husband is a musician, so we sent him a guitar. He played a whole song, every single note. He remembered it. It enabled him to get on a path of healing.”

Last year, the program raised nearly $20,000 in donations last year and was able to give away about 100 guitars in addition to keeping their headquarters open two days a week for lessons. Operation Harmony is a partnership with Yamaha Music & Wellness Institute and works to give American troops the ability and opportunity to heal and thrive through music.

“They do so much for people. Being a veteran, it’s humbling seeing what they do,” said Buddy Lee Dobberteen, an Iraq veteran. “They’re doing our job, picking up other vets. It’s a great example to follow.”

The Operation Harmony website explains the important role that music plays in both physical and emotional healing. Veterans becoming involved with music is said to improve their quality of life and reduce the impact of stress.

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