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Veteran John Preston Delves Into Life Struggles On New Charity Album

“ I lost my brother, and that just won’t do, how do you explain to a child that the man that was a hero is no longer here.”

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John Preston an always marine, firefighter and rock singer says he may have been to war, but there is no bigger fight than the one against preventing suicide in America Heroes.

Preston landed his first record deal while serving in Iraq. On returning from war, Preston has spent years working with veterans suffering from PTSD, only to lose his brother in January 2016 for the same reason.

“Superman Falls” is the title song on my new album and it is the only way I know how to say to those who are seeking help, do it-- reach out, there is no shame. I suffered from PTSD for more than 10 years. I turned to alcohol and drugs and realized they are not the answer. My music and my determination to make sure that other families don’t go through what we went through when I lost the man I called a hero.” Says Preston.

Ahead of the album hitting nationwide “Superman Falls” will be released as a single as part of the collaborative album made possible by a partnership with the Valkyrie Initiative and Pacific Records.

The new CD, “Battle Cry: Songs of America’s Heroes” will feature ten artists and 14 new songs. Some of the other well-known artists include the Scooter Brown Band, Dee Rock. And Ryan Weaver.

“Each artist on this first-of-its-kind compilation CD has given something that came from the heart to support an amazing non-profit, The Valkyrie Initiative. As a combat Veteran and 2-time Gold Star Family member, seeing what Veterans can and will do to support others is inspiring, and I'm honoured to contribute my song 'BURN' to this project to continue that effort,” says Ryan Weaver.

While recent statistics have shown that 22 veteran lives are lost each day, Preston believes that number may be low. According to the Veteran’s Association since 2001 the rate of suicide among U.S Veterans has increased by almost 33%.

It says only a portion of these veterans were using any VA or medical services.

“My message is always to move forward and be you. Find what you love and go after it. Nothing feels better than watching dreams be a reality. We are war fighters and we can endure any battle ahead but must know we are not alone. Don’t try to be a hero, its ok because sometimes Superman falls.” Adds Preston.

You can see a sneak peak of the “Superman Falls” video here.

The album will be available for pre-release on February 10th.

By Raychel Harvey-Jones

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