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Darden Smith is helping soldiers find their creativity through songwriting

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Darden Smith is helping soldiers find their creativity through songwriting

WATCH: SongwritingWith:Soldiers links musicians with active-member military members and veterans.

Darden Smith started the organization in 2010 after he had performed in a military hospital in Germany. Since then, the group has worked with soldiers who have fought in Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam, and they have put together 30 retreat-style events. "What we're really doing is listening," says Smith. "We bring our skills to them. And they bring their story. And together, we collaborate and write these songs."

WHY NOT ME

WATCH: "Why Not Me," by Fatuma Salim-Shirazy and Darden Smith

We caught Darden Smith performing his solo work at Lewis Carnegie Gallery in his hometown Austin, Texas during South By SouthWest.

Fearing your gift: Darden Smith at TEDxAustin

WATCH: Darden Smith at TEDxAustin

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