Warrior Cry Music Project Founder Robert Henne Bio–A New Reason And Outlook
“I started playing the guitar, bass and drums around age of 14 and keyboards around the age of 17. I wasn’t really sure exactly what I wanted to play so I figured I would try most of the rock instruments. All throughout my teen years and into my early adulthood I played in multiple bands playing multiple different instruments throughout parts of the southeast.
Unfortunately, I didn’t play much for many years after college and my “real job.” It wasn’t until I had a bad auto accident in 2002 that music became a large part of my life again. I had a head injury and a bad back injury and music became my therapy, my peace and my salvation once again.
I had to learn to do many things over again and some things I still can’t remember or do because of my injuries. I have no feeling in most of my left leg or fingers on both hands. Playing is still a struggle, but I am now accustomed to a life of struggle and pain.
As fate would have it, my wife is in the military, so as a dependent I get to see the same physicians that our wounded soldiers see. I realized one day when I was at Walter Reed, the old original Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC in the pain clinic waiting room and I realized I was the only one with two arms and two legs. It was a shock to me and I felt very ashamed at what I felt pain, depression and anxiety was compared to these kids.
Needless to say that day was a wake up call for me. I thought about how music helped me through healing and trying to get my life, mind and body back on track. I also felt just looking into their faces that paying my taxes just was not enough to help them. I thought to myself why can’t I try and use music to help the wounded, so I spoke to my wife and different department heads at Walter Reed and we came up with a plan and started a music program. That was the beginning of Warrior Cry Music Project over sic years ago.
Now with approximately 20 military, VA hospitals and other wounded military focused health care organizations across the country including Hawaii, we are slowly growing and helping to save and heal lives through music.
We have worked directly and indirectly with thousands of wounded soldiers from across the country and I still hear stories regularly from many of them that we have worked with in the past of the changes that music has made in their lives. Their spouses echo their statements.
Honestly, I have to say I never expected helping others to heal me as much as it did working with these wounded.
They have shown me that no matter how hard things are, there’s always someone who has it worse and if they can fight, I can fight.”
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