Richard Casper co-founded CreatiVets in 2013 to combat the rising rate of veteran suicides by using art and music as a form of art therapy to help heal wounded veterans. On Wednesday, Casper was honored at the 56th Annual Country Music Awards with a surprising $50,000 donation to Crown Royal whiskey brand CreatiVets in recognition of Casper’s dedication to veterans.
Country music star Lainey Wilson handed Casper the $50,000 check onstage at the CMA Awards in Nashville on Wednesday.
Breitbart News editor-in-chief Alex Marlow interviewed Casper on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily last year. Casper explained how CreatiVets covers travel and lodging expenses for veterans so they can collaborate with musical stars.
“When we build our programs, we do it where you can’t really reject them,” he told Marlow. “We’re flying veterans from all over the country to Nashville, Tennessee, right backstage at the Grand Ol Opry with a number one songwriter to write their story for the first time, and they’re paired up with another veteran to help them out. tell that story.”
“We have a lot of success stories,” he said. “One of the coolest was a veteran, and when he held out his hand, I thought the whole time it was him. It just happened to be his wife, because his fears and pressures were so bad he couldn’t handle his own emails and his own phone calls. When I texted him, I was actually texting his wife. I didn’t know until he showed up in Nashville. They said they wanted to drive because they couldn’t fly.”
“We pay for their flights and their food and their housing and everything, and we do that at some of the best art schools, like the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, the University of Southern California, and Belmont. [University] here in Nashville.”
For this Veterans Day, CreatiVets released three new singles, all written or co-written by veterans.