Freedom Sings Arkansas Program Director Paul W. Tull delivered a Charlie Daniels autographed fiddle to Hot Springs Village resident Sheila Beatty-Krout on Christmas Eve after she won the signed and dated instrument in an FSA fundraiser.
The fiddle was gifted to FSA shortly before Daniels died last year. Beatty-Krout is a United States Daughters of 1812 VA volunteer at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.
"FSA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization providing a caring environment of support for military Veterans, active-duty men and women, military spouses and surviving family members. Their personal stories are put to music through the art of songwriting. Through this powerful experience with 'Veterans healing Veterans' and the opportunity for continuous participation, FSA empowers servicemen and women and assists in their healing with song," a news release said.
"The mission is to help veterans, active-duty military and their families reach emotional balance by telling their stories through the creative process of songwriting. Songwriting along with peer support, helps provide veterans and their families the tools necessary to cope with trauma or readjust from military service. Those served need no musical background, only the desire to tell their story. In a typical session, the songwriter listens and encourages the participant to lay out the 'puzzle pieces' of his or her experience. Together, they arrange those pieces into verses and choruses," it said.
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