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Music program for veterans helps them compose and record song about their military experiences

  • In this Oct. 10, 2012, photo, musician Julio Fernandez holds a guitar during a class session at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J. Students are participating in a music class for service men and women that helps them cope with their life after the military through a program called Voices of Valor. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)The Associated Press

  • In this Oct. 10, 2012, photo, songwriter Jennifer Lampert, right, writes down lyrics during a class session at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J. Students are participating in a music class for service men and women that helps them cope with their life after the military through a program called Voices of Valor. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)The Associated Press

  • In this Oct. 10, 2012, photo, students participate in a class at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J. The music class is for service men and women that helps them cope with their life after the military through a program called Voices of Valor. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)The Associated Press

  • In this Oct. 10, 2012, photo, U.S. Army Sgt. Thomas Springsteen writes notes during a class session at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J. Springsteen is participating in a music class for service men and women that helps them cope with their life after the military through a program called Voices of Valor. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)The Associated Press

  • In this Oct. 10, 2012, photo, musician Julio Fernandez, left, hands a guitar to U.S. Navy Petty Officer Mike Cordes during a class session at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J. Students are participating in a music class for servicemen and women that helps them cope with their life after the military through a program called Voices of Valor. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)The Associated Press

Many military veterans say having music to listen to helps them deal with the stress of deployment.

A new program hopes that music can play the same role in helping them readjust to civilian life.

A pilot project called Voices of Valor is being offered this year through the veteran affairs program at Montclair State University.

It's open to veterans of any age, and participants don't need prior musical experience.

Participants are guided by professional musicians and psychology mentors through a process of synthesizing their military experiences into song. They write a tune as a group, record it in a professional sound studio and then hold a CD release party.

Some participants say the program is more effective than traditional "talk therapy."