Ramond Carder - PenFed-Stories Finding peace through music
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Ramond Carder

August 12, 2021
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An Army Veteran with a love of history and music: PenFed’s Ramond Carder says the soothing sounds of Bluegrass are what helps him overcome his PTSD. Watch as Ramond shares the huge role music has played in his family, from his grandparents to his son.

My son, he's been he's been  clogging and and buck dancing  
for five years. He performs all over, he performs  like in the state fair. He performed there and
the folklife festival but he loves it because  it's part of history. When I was growing up,
my daddy, he would he'd like to tell us  about you know, the history about the family.
My po-po with my grandma my dad and all them  they would play bluegrass in in the church.
Oh, it was so nice and I was like, I just  love, love the music. It just calms everything
The biggest challenge I've ever faced was surviving Iraq for a year. A lot of times I'll be in the  
out in the Conex like these middle Conexes and the  rockets and mortars would be coming in. One time  
I had the you know tactical gloves into the box  and we started getting hit and I seen the  
rocket hit and the shrapnel and  I started running I was like  
you know like a trail of gloves. But yeah I mean  you just get used to it after a while. When my son  
because my wife would take him to go see the  fireworks display. I knew was coming because you  
know fireworks coming off and they sound like the  real thing some of them did the fireworks display.  
I'd be like freaking out and I'll be crawling on  the ground, hiding in the closets. I found I'll put  
on my headsets and I'll just blare that bluegrass  and let me block it out. Oh, and it's just it's  
just soulful music it's music for the soul. It just  gets you, really you know it's like medicine music.

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