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Music… A Life Time Journey

National Veterans Creative Arts Festival

Performer Joey Wilson.

"My first choice was Air Force, but I was past the age limit, so Army it was" said Joey Wilson of Austin, Texas. Wilson was a single mom with two young children when she joined the military. A musician since she was a young girl, the military helped her to stabilize her life, her music helped her to make a living.

As a guitar player, drummer, and singer, Wilson had quite a journey through life and now finds herself in a "good place with a good husband." A self-taught drummer during the sixties, she was one of the very few girl drummers of that era, and played in bands in Vegas, Reno, and Lake Tahoe. Music was a way for her to support herself and her kids, but it also gave her a sense of accomplishment, "It was something I could do and do well," said Wilson.

Now Wilson plays guitar and performs because she wants to, not because she has to, and she likes it that way.

While playing at an acoustic jam session in Austin, Wilson met someone who had come to the Creative Arts Festival and talked her into auditioning through the San Antonio VA Medical Center. At the Festival, she will be singing in the chorus, and singing harmony for the songs "Beautiful" and "American Soldier." This is Wilson’s first Creative Arts Festival and she is thrilled to be here connecting with fellow Veterans and enjoying the vibes.

By Diane Keefe, public affairs officer, VA Boston Healthcare System

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