The National Veterans Foundation has a new theme song, thanks to country-roots artist Grant Maloy Smith, with help from Grammy-winning record producer Chuck Ebert.
“Man of Steel” is sung from the perspective of a soldier who longs to continue serving with his fellow troops, in spite of being sent home severely wounded: “I’m a Man of Steel / made of pins and wire / but these scars will heal / I still got my fire…”
Smith, who is known for his top 10 Billboard-charting album “Dust Bowl – American Stories,” was inspired to write “Man of Steel” following a chance encounter with a wounded warrior at an airport.
“This young man had one of those space-age prosthetic legs,” Smith said. “We started talking and I was struck by his positive spirit. A farm boy from Indiana, he told me he was going to be the first male in his family to be able to go to college because he served his country. A few days later this song—his story—just came out of me.”
“It’s an amazing song that speaks to the core resilience of our men and women in uniform,” said Floyd “Shad” Meshad, LCSW, CTS, TFTdx, founder and president of the NVF. “The National Veterans Foundation works with all veterans and their family members, regardless of the issues they’re dealing with, to help them find solutions, and successfully re-integrate to civilian life.”
“The soldier’s life doesn’t end after being wounded or after experiencing war,” Meshad said. “Coming home is a new beginning. ‘Man of Steel’ is relevant to our work because healing and finding a place in civilian society is part of all of our veterans’ paths.”
Grant Maloy Smith isn’t the first music artist to work with the National Veterans Foundation. The late George Jones recorded “Wild Irish Rose” in 1978, to raise awareness of the plight of homeless veterans. Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, the Doobie Brothers and others have also performed on behalf of the organization.
“I am honored that the NVF wanted to use my song,” Smith said. “The scars of war aren’t just physical. Adjustment after combat, especially for those who have suffered traumatic physical injury, is not easy. Organizations like the NVF are here to support our returning soldiers. My song is a tribute to all of the men and women who dare to do the hard thing, so that the rest of us can live in freedom.”
“Man of Steel” can be seen at www.NVF.org on October 29th and is available for download through iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other digital outlets. More information is available at www.grant-maloy-smith.com.