Health Editor’s Note: Here is a story behind the album “Combat Medicine” which was made and released by a Navy Corpsman and his team. This album, created over a year ago, was made to help veterans with mental health issues, namely to prevent suicides of veterans. Lives have been saved. Best of luck to Doc Todd and his team as they fight yet another war, the war on Veteran suicide…Carol
By Doc Todd/His Story
Since the summer of 2017, Doc Todd has been creating music focused on impacting the veterans’ mental health space. His songs touch on topics like: PTSD, Suicidal Ideation, Substance Abuse, Combat Action, and The Civilian Transition. Doc Todd explains, “ I get messages every day from active duty and veterans telling me how much the music is impacting their lives. One guy even told me the song Not Alone literally took the pistol out of his mouth. It can get heavy.”
Doc Todd fought in Afghanistan and uses his experiences there to provide authenticity to what others who have also seen and experienced in such war-type situations. He uses music to reach out and cut deep to the heart of the matter, whether it be suicide ideation, difficulties with coming home, substance abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, or just plain dealing with the affects of being involved in wartime service. He uses the music, which he describes as poetry set to drums and bass, as a direct conduit to the hearts and minds of veterans. He wishes to tell his story and does realize that he is not Rambo.
Doc Todd works with another veteran in the music space. His audio engineer, Kevin Johnson, aka KJ, comes with a wealth of experience in the Atlanta music scene. KJ has partnered with major labels as he has worked with some of the nation’s biggest artists. Doc Todd began his love of music as a child.
Doc’s focus now is the Veterans Art Community as a whole with Strange Pictures, an interpretative multi-discipline art collaboration, scheduled for a Summer 2019 release. Doc Todd explains, “We are interpreting veteran art through song, while simultaneously using our music as a source of inspiration to commission new paintings etc. Secondly, the artists are commissioning new pieces based on the music we make.There are other artists in this space. It is art creating art, literally! It’s hard to tell where all this will go, but we believe the future is very bright for us and more importantly those who we are able to help.”
Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.
She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – one daughter-in-law; Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with her husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescues.