Tune in tomorrow (Tuesday, November 11) to HLN/CNN's live morning show "Morning Express With Robin Meade" to watch Billy Ray Cyrus, Ssgt. Mark Plummer (Ret.) and Matt Sorum (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES) join host Robin Meade to talk about their new song and video for "Do What I Do" live on Veteran's Day at 9:45 a.m. ET/6:45 a.m. PT.
Released today (November 10) in honor of Veteran's Day, "Do What I Do" was written by Plummer about his ongoing battle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after serving three combat deployments in Iraq. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder continues to take the lives of 22 U.S. veterans daily via suicide.
"When Matt sent me the song and told me about the project, it was clear to see, hear and feel the potential for healing the mind and spirit that only music can bring," says Billy Ray Cyrus.
"Mark Plummer is a talented artist who also happens to be an American hero. He's lived the words of his message and that realism translates and can help many other veterans suffering from PTSD."
Plummer elaborates: "Music therapy helped me find a way to express myself when nothing else worked. It helped me give a 'voice' to a message that many of our veterans share and cannot speak of. I can now share this message with others thanks to the healing power of music.
"Music has always been a part of my life, but I never knew it would be one of my biggest weapons to fight and win my own personal battles with PTSD."
"PTSD is a serious issue among our veterans — it takes 22 lives a day due to suicide," says Sorum. "I have seen first hand how healing music can be to the men and women suffering from this disorder, and hope to bring this program to many more vets around the country."
Sorum began to use music as therapy for veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder after teaming up to help the Wounded Warrior Battalion at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California.
Sorum founded the Global Sound Lodge, a charity that provides a music for healing program. The Global Sound Lodge organization donates instruments to orphanages, shelters and veterans programs around the world: www.globalsoundlodge.org.