Join Hundreds of Entrepreneurs and Business-minded Leaders, Like Yourself, for an Inspirational Morning Focused on the Transition from Warrior Brain to Artist Brain: Using Art and Music to Counter Trauma, Depression and Stress.

Richard Casper

United States Marine Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, Artist, Entrepreneur, and Co-Founder / Executive Director of CreatiVets

Friday, December 3 | 8:30 - 9:45 AM

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About Richard Casper

Richard Casper is a United States Marine Veteran, Purple Heart recipient, Artist, and Entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and Executive Director of CreatiVets, a non-profit that provides art, music, and writing programs for combat veterans with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries. He is also the co-founder of two music companies, Casparr and We Should Write Sometime.

Richard was named one of TIME magazine’s Next Generation Leaders, is the feature of TIME’s documentary Evidence of Things Unseen, and recognized by President George W. Bush and The Bush Institute for his passion and work helping combat veterans. He was one of the thirty-three scholars chosen to be in Presidents Bush’s inaugural Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program.


Richard served in the USMC from 2003-2007. During the first portion of his enlistment, Casper served as Presidential guard at Camp David. 

Later in 2006-2007 during his tour in Iraq, Richard survived four IED blasts which left him with a left-traumatic brain injury, and witnessed the death of his friend which caused his post-traumatic stress. After nearly giving up, he discovered art and song-writing as therapeutic forms of expression and went on to attend and graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. From his experiences, he later created art and songwriting programs for CreatiVets to help other combat wounded veterans heal.

Today, Richard teaches art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Southern California. He is a keynote speaker, songwriter, and entrepreneur. He resides in Nashville TN with his wife Ashley and dog Bentley.



Watch our cityCURRENT Show interview with Richard Casper of CreatiVets

Host Jeremy C. Park talks with Richard Casper, Co-Founder and Executive Director of CreatiVets, who shares his personal story of sustaining a traumatic brain injury and losing his best friend while serving in combat as a U.S. Marine, the power of art in healing and how that lead to starting the organization, and how the organization is now using art and music to help veterans around our nation share their story and heal, as well. During the conversation, Casper highlights their new 11-track album, Veteran Songs, which has been released by Big Machine Records. Amazon Music listeners can access the album by saying, “Alexa, play music by veterans.”

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