New York –
John Mayer is launching a foundation focused on improving the health of veterans of war through scientific research.
The singer-songwriter, Grammy winner announced this Friday that The Heart and Armor Foundation plans to focus on veterans of war with post-traumatic stress and to meet the emerging needs of veteran women.
Although it was publicly announced by the foundation today, Mayer has been working on this cause since 2012 together with veterans of war, scientists and clinicians.
“We came up with things such as research articles already published and enough money raised to actually build some pilot programs. We have data truly wonderful and… we want that first is working for many of the questions are answered before trying to create awareness among the people,” said Mayer in an interview with The Associated Press.
“I think that this makes it much more compelling the message. This is not something at zero trying to get to five; that is something on the 50 that we want to take you to 100′”, he added.
Mayer, whose father was a veteran of the Second World War, indicated that he decided to create the Heart and Armor Foundation after a visit to the Camp Lejeune Corps of the u.s. Navy in 2008.
“That’s what I did with a friend of mine, so I was the chaperone, and no one knew what I was doing there, the kind a musician. That gave me a perspective really fluorescent of what was happening in the barracks. There were unrolling the red carpet for a celebrity, it was a normal day in a certain way,” he said.
“I think that to go to the barracks of wounded soldiers has changed me forever. He showed Me immediately that my idea of what were the wounds of the war were completely wrong. The way that showed me otherwise was compelling and fascinating and nuanced,” he said.
The foundation has published 10 articles in peer-reviewed journals, has developed an intervention-based exercise for the post-traumatic stress and has created a screening tool nutrition for women veterans, among other achievements.
“I’ve been in meeting after meeting where people ask me, ‘where did you get the money to make this study of exercise? I say, ‘Well, I tell you’. People get excited before you know that John Mayer did,” said Gerard Choucroun, executive director of the Heart and Armor Foundation.
The foundation also has the goal of bringing closer together the community of military and veterans ‘ events and roundtable discussions. This night intends to transmit in vivo the activity ‘How the war changed women, how women changed the war’, through Facebook.com/JohnMayer and Facebook.com/HeartAndArmorfrom 19:00.
“I think that there is something here for everyone. This is not a brief conversation in black-and-white, this is a conversation with many nuances,” said Choucroun.
“There is a lot of the american identity in our relationship with the veterans. It is a relationship between citizens and the people that absorbs, and commits violence, because that citizenship is a rich cultural area that dates back to the ancient greeks and we want to be part of that conversation. Goes much deeper than this set of wars in which we are now,” he said. (I)