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Mike Groll, Associated Press
Iraq combat veteran Adan Olid listens as works on a song with songwriters Marshall Crenshaw and Darden Smith during the Songwriting With Soldiers retreat at the Carey Institute for Global Good on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Rensselaerville, N.Y. Olid is one of more than 100 veterans who have turned their stories into sometimes affectingly personal songs at Songwriting With Soldiers retreats.

RENSSELAERVILLE, N.Y. — Adan Olid's life took a turn on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.

As he stood at a railing, the troubled Iraq War veteran decided not to jump.

Now that pivotal moment for Olid has inspired a song — written, performed and recorded by professionals.

The 29-year-old former Marine is one of more than 100 veterans who have turned their stories into personal songs at "Songwriting With Soldiers" retreats. Vets work with musicians who turn anecdotes and raw feelings into lyrics and melody. Founder Darden Smith got the idea for the songwriting program after playing at a U.S. military base in Germany.

Over the past two years, more than a dozen songwriters have teamed up with veterans on songs.