Jon Bon Jovi never served in the military, so he admits it was a challenge to write a song from the perspective of someone who has. But he and co-producer John Shanks nailed it with the newly released son Unbroken.
The song is a ballad that tells the story of a soldier who returns home from war suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). �This song is meant to honor America�s veterans and their service, but I also wanted to take an unflinching look at the reality of their daily lives and struggles,� said Bon Jovi.
The song will be included on the new upcoming Bon Jovi album 2020 to be released in the spring, and is also featured in the documentary To Be of Service, directed by Josh Aronson (Sound and Fury). The film looks at the deep relationship between service dogs and veterans of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Vietnam. It’s available on Netflix beginning today.
Bon Jovi and Island Records� will donate 100 percent of net proceeds from the download of Unbroken to the Patriotic Service Dog Foundation over the next 12 months. Click here to download the song. Enjoy it, and know that you’re a part of the effort to match life-saving service dogs with the vets who need them, like Chris Thomas who tells his story on their Facebook page:
An estimated 460,000 veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan war alone struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury
These conditions can lead to feelings of depression, anger, anxiety and isolation, and while they’re treatable, many vets continue to suffer in silence and some of them (22 each day by some estimates) take their own lives. The Patriotic Service Dog Foundation’s goal is to reduce that statistic from �22 to Zero�.
“To Be of Service” producers Julie Sayres (left) and Josh Aronson (center) with vets and their service dogs.