Colt Ford’s ‘Workin’ On’ Music Video Spotlights Major Health Crisis Facing Soldiers [WATCH]
The music video for Colt Ford's latest single, "Workin' On," shines a spotlight on one of the biggest health crises facing soldiers returning from deployment: post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, which affects 20 percent of all soldiers deployed within the last six years.
Thankfully, the Lone Survivor Foundation, created by retired U.S. Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, is there to help. Luttrell founded the LSF after he watched several of his fellow soldiers die during Operation Redwing in Afghanistan in 2007.
"I met Marcus not long after my first record came out, maybe early '09," Ford tells The Boot. "[My then-publicist] called me and goes, 'Hey have you ever heard of Marcus Luttrell?' I go, 'Yeah, absolutely.' I knew the story and everything. [She said,] 'Well, he's in town doing something with his book, and we asked him what country artist he wanted to meet, and he said Colt Ford.'
"I was like, 'Really?' At that point I was so new," Ford continues. "But we just met, became buddies, became really good friends. We just struck up a friendship. Those guys, Special Forces guys, they're a little bit of a different breed. And to be able to be in their inner circle is really cool and a special honor for me."
"Workin' On" comes off of Ford's 2014 record, Thanks for Listening.
"When this song came about, I had an idea with it," Ford explains. "I just had a vision, and you know me: I like to do some things others won't do. And I reached out to Marcus and said, 'Hey man, here's what I'd like to do. Go shoot a PSA for this video. Let me give the proceeds from this song to your foundation, the Lone Survivor Foundation, which is wonderful, helping all those soldiers with PTSD. And Marcus was like, 'Absolutely, man. I'm in.'"
The video shows the perils of battling PTSD but also gives hope to those struggling with the disorder.
"We shot a little mini-movie that's pretty intense," Ford adds. "It's really intense. Most people I don't think would probably do it, because it's a little bit too intense, and sometimes people are a little afraid to broach those subjects that are like that. But for me, it needed to be done. It needs to be talked about.
"There's men and women that are suffering and struggling from it, that have given everything for us to be able to have the freedoms that we do. And because we can't see it, a lot of times it goes unnoticed," he continues. "So, I just wanted to try and make as big a deal of it as possible, so we can get some help."
Until July 10, 10 percent of the money made from iTunes downloads of "Workin' On" will be donated to the Lone Survivor Foundation. Ford, along with Remington Outdoor Company, also presented the LSF with $10,000 check at the annual NRA convention in Nashville on April 9.
Find out more about PTSD and the Lone Survivor Foundation on the organization's website.
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