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Music Conservatory Continues to Honor Our Heroes

 Monday, November 09, 2015


Photo by Nina Kruse/Pinsky Photo

 82-year-old US Army veteran, Samuel Wansley performed at the Music Conservatory of Westchester’s recent Jazz Brunch at Larchmont Shore Club. Samuel, who served as a combat engineer in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, is one of the recipients of the Conservatory’s “Healing Our Heroes” Scholarships for veterans. The program was instituted in 2013, by Board Member Joel Breitkopf, to provide US veterans with a full scholarship for two years to receive music therapy at the not-for-profit White Plains music school.

Samuel also participates in a weekly group session where he plays music with other veterans in the program.  Since its inception, the “Healing Our Heroes” program has served 22 veterans in total providing 860 music therapy sessions to four women and 18 men who served in Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq or Afghanistan, receiving support for traumatic brain injuries, chronic pain from physical injuries and stress related anxiety.

The program currently has a waiting list of veterans who would like to participate in the program. Last summer, the program was honored by Deputy County Executive Kevin J. Plunkett and the Director of Veteran’s Services for Westchester County, Ron Tocci, who proclaimed July 11, 2015 as “Healing Our Heroes” Day. 

For more information on the program, please contact or (914) 761-3900. You may also visit

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