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The Authors of Project Troops
Professor Thomas W. Nagle & Tamra Lynn Smith
Thomas W Nagle has a Master’s degree in Business Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Thomas has collected private research on relationships and what makes a relationship succeed or fail. The research was completed for his (Now Released boook) The past 10 years, he has interviewed hundred’s of men and women on relationship issues and their stories. He is now serving as an educator in Arizona at Northland Pioneer College. It was the idea of Thomas Nagle to add the relationship advice & Life articles to this site. Tamra & Thomas have worked together to write the articles that you read here. Thomas is the son of 2 parents that served in ww2 and was born overseas while his parents were active duty military members. His mother is 88 years old and still going strong. This is what Projecttroops.org is all about. Our veterans and military members along with their families.
124 Countries and 400,000 people have visited this site since Jan 2012.
Thomas has joined forces with Tamra Lynn Smith & the creative artists that support Project Troops. http://www.projecttroops.org
Thomas is happy to spread these helpful tips to our Military, families, and veterans.
Thomas, Proudly supports our troops
Tamra Lynn Smith is the founder of Project Troops & a (then Blue Star Army Mom.) She started Project Troops when her son was serving in the army and stationed in Iraq in 2007. It all started quite by accident with the first song that she wrote for her son and just kept getting bigger and bigger on its own. Military affilitaed people started hearing the songs and they started joining her groups. Before she realized it, there were thousands of military friends following her music and her life. By 2009 there were over 46,000 military, veterans and families that were following her music and her son’s story about ptsd and the Army. The Army wanted to kick her son out on an other than honorable discharge without doing the testing for PTSD.
Project Troops started because of one mother who was trying to protect her son from the military and its unfair acts of discharging military members who suffer from PTSD and other mood disorders.
Tamra’s fans and friends were on her Tagged.com and digitalrodeo.com websites. This was a mission that picked Tamra and she was obviously meant to do this with her life. It was sent to her by a “Much Higher Power“ than herself. She is a published author and award winning songwriter and spent three years in the Nashville music scene in 1998. She created her first radio ready song demo “Move A Mountain” with the help of Greg Austin in 1999. She wrote bio stories for many Country music stars in 1998 and interviewed Garth Brooks, David Ball, Earnie Ashworth, Jan Buckingham and many others. She also started an online music group “Hottopicsmusicnews” which quickly grew to over 20,000 members between 1998 and 2000. It was one of the first online music groups out there on the net. She walked away from it all in 2000 and decided that if it was meant to be then it would happen someday but she needed to finish raising her children first and she needed a real job to support them. She trained and passed the test to become a commercial truck driver in 2001 and traveled all over the USA until 2008 when she was injured in a freak fall (not truck related) and could no longer drive. She put in over a million miles of safe driving with no accidents, by the time she had to give it up. She suffered from writer’s block and did not write any music at all for 5 years during this time until she wrote the lyrics for her song “American Soldier On The Line” for her son in 2007. It was based on her son’s life and what he was dealing with at the time. Randall Johns hopped on board and created the music for it and also did the vocals. The song was a huge hit on the indie music scene and put Tamra back on the radar for songwriting.
Many talented musicians and songwriters have joined Tamra since 2007 to help support the veterans and military. They use their talent to write songs for their military friends. The songs tell the real stories and hardships of war and how it affects the families. They all work together to raise awareness about PTSD and to make sure that proper testing of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is done the right way in returning soldiers. Tagged.com deleted their site in 2010 with no warning and this caused everyone to lose track of each other and 46,000 military friends were just lost. It was sad and all the work that had already been accomplished was just gone. Tamra felt like giving up at this point when all the work they had accomplished was pretty much wiped out but she didn’t give up. Instead she created the Project Troops website so people could find her and be able to enjoy the site and the music and learn from the articles too.
Lantern Lane came in to help cofound the official Project Troops site in 2009 so that this would never happen again. They also created the Project Troops CD in the hopes of using it to raise awareness and money for PTSD and also homeless veterans. Tamra, Lantern, Thomas and the contributing artists now work with thousands of Veterans, active military and families across the United States through their websites and music. They use their talents to help raise money for charities that support veterans, military & families. They lend their songs to other groups like The Veteran Memorial Foundation, Songs For Hope, Musicians For Oil Relief and other charities to be used on charity cd’s to earn money. They do free concerts for VA hospitals, send cd’s to active troops, give free cd’s to veterans & use the songs to tell the stories for the ones who sacrifice so much for our freedom.
Many of the songs that Tamra cowrote with her music friends have made the indie music charts since 2007. The songs offer hope and caring for veterans when they feel alone, raise awareness about PTSD, suicide in veterans, wounded warriors, homeless veterans and many other things that need to be shared.”We are small in the big picture of life but if we save one veteran from being homeless or from suicide which is the highest rate that it has ever been, if we inspire one person to do more to help, if we help one veteran to get help when it is needed then it is worth all of the effort that we have put into this project.” Tamra said. None of the volunteers that work with Project Troops or that donated time, talent or music have made any money on this project. This is a “Labor Of Love” and they don’t do it to make money.
Lantern Lane met Tamra Lynn Smith at a benefit concert to support the troops in 2008. They became friends and then decided to start writing some songs together.
Their first 2 songs that they co-wrote hit the indie charts. “Please Let Me In” & “To Our Veterans” along with their 3rd song, “Rescue Me.” Tamra Lynn Smith invited Lantern to come in and help to co-found Project Troops. Together they had enough material to put out the “Project Troops: Artists Who Care CD in 2009″ Other friends hopped on board to help and donated theire songs for the cd as well. The CD was going to be used to raise money for veterans and to raise awareness to the hardships that our military, families and veterans face on a daily basis. Lantern Lane has put in many hours lining up benefit concerts to help other charities along with Project Troops.
Lantern is the singer on the songs that they have written together and she donated some of her own songs to the Project Troops Cd. “My Prayers are With You Soldier” & “The Wanderer’s Song” Tamra and Lantern are working on their other songs.. soon to be released. In 2012 Kenny Lee came to Tamra & Lantern and asked to be able to co-write a song with them. It was a song that was already cut “Please Let Me In” and was released on our Project Troops cd in 2009. Now there are two versions of the song. “We Never Did Come Home” and “Please Let Me In”
Lantern will be writing articles as times allows and she will continue to perform for the veterans to raise awareness and money when she can.
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