Remember Jason Everman, guitarist with Nirvana and Mind Funk, and bassist in Soundgarden, who served tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan with the U.S. Army as an Army Ranger and Green Beret?

He joined with Brad Thomas to found Silence & Light, the SOF rock band that benefits veteran organizations. Thomas sat down with ClearanceJobs to talk about his military journey, transition pain points, what the rock band does to benefit the veteran community, and their new album release.


The band formed in 2017 in New York City, founded by Thomas and Everman after attending a concert. Silence & Light draws from both their musical backgrounds and their experiences as U.S. Special Operations veterans and create music that raises awareness about issues facing veterans.

Instead of starting their own foundation, they have created a mechanism to support already formed organizations that support those active duty, veterans and first responders in times of need.

In 2019, Silence & Light recorded their debut EP at Stagg Street Studios in Van Nuys, CA under the direction of Grammy Award-winning Producer, Josh Gudwin, and Studio Engineer Bil Lane.

National veterans and military families month

November is National Veterans and Military Families Month. The Defense Department recognizes that military families have important roles to play in supporting a strong and ready force and ClearanceJobs created a campaign of our own to celebrate.

For every Security Clearance Careers Podcast subscriber we receive on Google and Apple during National Veterans and Military Families Month, we will donate $1 to the Warriors Heart (up to $1000). Tune in to get security clearance, intelligence community, espionage, national security and defense contracting updates in our exclusive interviews with IC and government leaders.

About Warriors Heart: Warriors Heart is an addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment center for active duty military, U.S. military veterans, and first responders. They provide private treatment to both men and women that are seeking inpatient treatment for chemical dependency, alcohol abuse, or co-occurring psychological disorders relating to PTSD or the psychological effects of MTBI (mild traumatic brain injury).

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Katie Keller is a marketing fanatic that enjoys anything digital, communications, promotions & events. She has 8+ years in the DoD supporting multiple contractors with recruitment strategy, staffing augmentation, marketing, & communications. Favorite type of beer: IPA. Fave hike: the Grouse Grind, Vancouver, BC. Fave social platform: ClearanceJobs! 🇺🇸