Wounded Vets Create Music ... as Well as Jobs for Themselves

Warrior Spirit Band
Warrior Spirit Band band members Paul Delacerda, King Burton, Sean Foster and Levon Ingram at Rock 4 Recovery.

Paul Delacerda has had a long road to his current job as the drummer for a touring rock band composed entirely of wounded military veterans.

When he left the Army in 2009, he faced a difficult question: what to do next? Like many vets, he'd been wounded in an improvised explosive device blast in Iraq and was suffering from traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Discharged with a medical retirement, he didn't need to work, but couldn't stand the idea of inactivity. "I wanted to do something important with my time," he recalls.

Before joining the military, Delacerda had been a musician, and had played drums since he was 15. Unfortunately, combat had left him with a variety of injuries, including recurring migraines and numbness in his hands and right leg. Doctors had told him that he would never be able to play again.