Operation: Battle of the Bands

Posted on: May 10th, 2010 at 9:30 am by

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As avid music fans and supporters of local music, we are extremely excited to announce our involvement in Operation: Battle of the Bands, a charity concert being held at the National Underground on East Houston next Wednesday (May 19). The panel of judges includes musician and venue co-owner Joey DeGraw, Q104.3 DJ Jonathan Clarke, and author S.E. Cupp. Proceeds from the event will help benefit the G.I. Go Fund, which aims to provide transition assistance to veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Come down, support a great cause, and say hi. We hope to see you there!

Order tickets or make a donation now!

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Here is more on the G.I. Go Fund:

The G.I. GO Fund is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization brought together for the purpose of serving our most honorable and selfless Americans: our nation’s Veterans. Our Veterans put the well-being of the country ahead of themselves through the selfless service they gave to our nation. The G.I. GO Fund believes it is our turn to repay our debt to the heroic men and women serving in the Armed Forces.

G.I. GO has found that the majority of our veterans experience a poor transition from military to civilian life. Whether veterans experience challenges post-deployment or after completely separating from the military, our veterans undergo a transition that no other Americans ever experience in their lifetimes.

In addition to the transition back to civilian life, our service men and women face other obstacles that compound this difficult period in their lives. Many veterans are suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which can compound to a them feeling disconnected from their families from being separated for so long. Also, many veterans accumulate debt upon their return from a deployment, and this in itself serves as a difficult and discouraging hurdle. At the same time, they struggle to secure employment, enroll into college, or start or re-start their businesses. In the process, many veterans put off enrolling into the VA Health Care System, which can be a tragic mistake since many veterans ignore signs or are unaware they need medical attention.

We do not need to look any further than our streets to see what a failed transition can look like ten years down the road. One out of four homeless Americans have one thing in common; they once proudly wore our country’s uniform. Today, almost 200,000 homeless veterans live on the streets not knowing the next time they will eat, take a hot shower, or sleep indoors on a bed. This is a national disgrace and we must never let our veterans fall through the cracks again.

We have an obligation to our veterans and must ensure they have all the support they need in the pursuit of happiness in the country they fought so bravely to defend. Whether they are suffering from PTSD and need some medical or financial assistance or are seeking employment and need help with job searching and planning, we will do whatever it takes to help them transition to civilian life.

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