By Justin Udo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A local veteran is using his music to help himself and others.READ MORE: Police Asking For Help Identifying Man Wanted In Strawberry Mansion Hit-And-Run That Killed 8-Year-Old Boy
Verna Ingram did two tours in Iraq with the Army and when he left the military he struggled with depression.
To help battle his depression one of the things he turned to was music.
Ingram, who goes by the stage name Matthias, says his music isn’t just to help him.READ MORE: Open For Business: Spike's Trophies Focusing On Wins After Dealing With Major Losses During Pandemic
“The album is called The Forgotten but I want a lot of the other soldiers that are coming home to know they are not forgotten,” he explains.
The North Philadelphia native says he uses his experiences to help people make it through their hard times
“I give a glimpse of my time in Iraq. I also give you a glimpse of inner city life,” says Ingram.
For more information on Matthias and his music visit: www.matthias16bars.com.MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Agrees To Equip All Officers With Tasers Year After Police Killing Of Walter Wallace Jr.