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Islander’s new project is helping service members

By Staff | Apr 15, 2015


Like a character in his books, Dan Perkins is on a mission.

The Sanibel investment advisor is releasing a fourth in his “Brotherhood of the Red Nile” series, mystery/thriller books he cranked out as a novice in about 18 months; he’s lecturing, guesting on or hosting radio and television broadcasts, pitching movie scripts, generally running to keep ahead.

Perkins, who is 69, is now in the business of helping men and women with the US military. Songs and Stories for Soldiers is a new web service providing song and story downloads, eight-hour sleep audios free to active and retired vets. His nonprofit is also donating audio devices, or MP3s, to service members. Some 2,100 so far have been given out since October. He plans to donate another 8,000 MP3s, headsets and connection cords by the end of the year. Active duty wounded receive priority for the equipment, Perkins said. Funding is from his own pocket or donations, he said.

The sleep audios are of particular importance, Perkins said, “because I want soldiers to get safely to dawn,” meaning that trauma has affected millions of active duty military and veterans. Sleep therapy often includes music, he said. There are some 6.8 million veterans under care or in regular contact with government services, Perkins said.

Perkins on his songsandstoriesforsoldiers.us has compiled more than 100,000 audiobooks and poetry recordings from archives and open services, another 3 million downloadable songs, including the deep sleep music. There’s also old radio entertainment in comedy, soap operas, westerns and science fiction. Website registration is free to military members.

Perkins, who has lived in Sanibel since 2007, said more is ahead. A novel about a second Lincoln assassin is in the works, for instance. English textile barons are concerned about cotton supplies during the Civil War, and “especially this Illinois politician,” he said.

Details of the veteran web service are at songsandstoriesforsoldiers.us.