04/15/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Paralyzed Vet Turns Pain Into Protest Music

Bent on retribution, Tomas Young joined the U.S. Army two days after 9/11. When he learned he was being shipped to Iraq instead of Afghanistan, he says he felt hoodwinked and sought meds "to quiet the angry voices in my head."

Instead, he found solace in other angry voices, specifically the rebel yells of Public Enemy, Bad Religion and Dilated Peoples. The protest music did more than soothe the disappointment of heading to what he believes was the wrong battlefield. It also helped Young cope when he was shot and paralyzed.

Now Young hopes the same songs "will light a fire in the belly and brain and get people involved in the process of change," he says. "I want my buddies to be brought home."

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