Def Leppard Drummer Rick Allen Helping Military Vets With PTSD
Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, who famously lost his arm in a car accident, is reaching out to wounded veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) stemming from their battlefield experiences and injuries.
In a new ABC News report, Allen states, "I didn't know what my life would be like after that terrible day. It was the darkest time in my life. And, even today, I still consider myself a work in progress."
The drummer began to see how his own experience could help others when he visited the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2006.
In the years since, Allen has invited Wounded Warrior Project participants to Def Leppard's shows. The drummer has also taken part in Project Odyssey, an outdoor rehabilitative retreat. In addition, Allen founded the Raven Drum Foundation, which provides drum circles to Wounded Warriors to encourage their healing from PTSD. Each of these activities are designed to begin the path to healing, which is the ultimate goal.
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