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Artist of the day: William Justiniano

Thursday, October 2, 2014 7:00am

Fifty-five-year-old U.S. Army veteran William Justiniano wrote the song Together as One not only as a way to recount the struggles he continues to overcome, but to inspire others to do the same.

"You can't do it alone," the Wesley Chapel resident said. "That's what I want everyone to know."

For Justiniano, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia 20 years ago and is unable to work as a result, the song is also a tribute to the Tampa-based nonprofit, Yes of America United.

"When people tell me, 'No, I can't,' I say 'Yes, I can,'" he said enthusiastically. "It gives me strength."

Justiniano will debut his song in a performance with fellow veterans at the organization's seventh annual Family Abilities Information Rally (F.A.I.R.) on Saturday at All People's Life Center in Tampa. The event has grown every year and is expected to draw close to 2,000 attendees and more than 100 vendors.

For more on Justiniano and the Family Abilities Information Rally, click here for Candace Rotolo's story.