This week’s Operation Song of the Week is “He Took My Place,” and was written with Marine Corps Veteran Gary Lima. Serving during the Cyprus conflict in 1974, Gary was pulled at the last minute from a helicopter mission. He was told to choose his replacement, a young corporal who lost his life that night.
Operation Song is partnered with VA Voluntary Service. Their mission is to empower Veterans, active duty military, and their families to tell their stories though the process of songwriting. Their songwriting programs and retreats create an opportunity to transform service related issues, injuries and illnesses into a structured, musical outlet as an enhancement of traditional therapies and/or treatments. You can hear this song and many others at: soundcloud.com/operationsong-tm