WASHINGTON, DC (CelebrityAccess) – VetsAid, the second annual concert to support veterans and their families sponsored by Eagle’s guitarist Joe Walsh, announced this week the first round of veteran charities that will benefit from this year’s November 11th concert.
The following organizations have been selected as charitable partners: Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans, Sentinels of Freedom, Warrior Canine Connection, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Semper Fi Fund, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, Stop Soldier Suicide, Operation Mend, and Hire Heroes USA.
“VetsAid remains committed to highest standards in program effectiveness, positive and measurable outcomes, as well as fiscal transparency when selecting the nonprofit organizations,” said Chris Ford, CEO of the National Association of Veteran-Serving Organizations, the organization assisting the selection process. “Each of these organizations deliver evidence-based, high-impact programs that have proven to positively impact the lives of military families.”
Providing support to organizations that care for the nation’s military wounded, ill and injured is deeply personal to Walsh, a Gold Star survivor whose father died while on active duty on Okinawa, Japan when Walsh was 20 months old. “Even after more than 16 years of war, I don’t think the public really understands the challenges military families face and what it’s like to come home”, said Walsh. “If the public were more aware, there would be much more help available to them. Meanwhile, there are some great nonprofits that help veterans and their families. Last year was great and so successful, I knew we had to do it again.”
The 2017 event was attended by more than 7,000 with more than $400,000 donated and distributed to nonprofits.
The November 11 show, to benefit VetsAid, an IRS-recognized nonprofit organization, will feature full set performances by Walsh, Don Henley, James Taylor, Chris Stapleton and HAIM. Tickets are on sale now.