Joe Walsh‘s charity, VetsAid, announced the disbursement of $795,000 in grants to veterans services organizations with money raised from their second annual concert event, which took place on Veterans Day (November 11th) 2018 at Tacoma, Washington’s Tacoma Dome. The show featured Walsh, joined by fellow Eagle Don Henley, brother-in-law Ringo Starr, James Taylor, Chris Stapleton, and Haim. Walsh launched his national 501(c)3 non-profit veterans organization on September 20th, 2017 with an inaugural concert at Fairfax, Virginia’s EagleBank Arena. The 2017 VetsAid concert was an immediate success leading to the disbursement of $360,000 in grants.
Joe Walsh told us about the realities of being part of a Gold Star family: [“I’m actually a Gold Star kid. My dad was actually killed in the Army Air Corps. I was born in ’47, he was killed in ’49, and so I kinda grew up without a dad. I eventually got a stepdad, who I love and who’s always had my back. But, my first six years of being alive I was dad-less. I always wondered what he was like and I alw. . . Y’know, I didn’t have anybody to play catch with or any kind of father figure until my stepfather came along.”] SOUNDCUE (:32 OC: . . . stepfather came along)
VetsAid 2019 is already set for November 10th, 2019 in Houston, Texas.
- This year’s $75,000 grant recipients are: Operation Mend, Hire Heroes USA, Warrior Canine Connection, Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors (TAPS), Semper Fi Fund, Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation, Stop Soldier Suicide, Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans and Sentinels of Freedom.
- This year’s $10,000 grant recipients are: Suiting Warriors, Hire Our Heroes, AMVETS Department of Washington, Salmon for Soldiers, Hero’s Bridge, Right Turn for Yuma Veterans, Work Vessels for Vets, Arkansas Run for the Fallen, MusicWorks4Veterans and HeartStrides.
- VetsAid also awarded a $10,000 grant to Operation Good Jobs/Goodwill WA for its assistance in co-producing the very first VetsAid Job Fair that took place the morning of the concert at their Millgard Work Opportunity Center in Tacoma. More than three dozen solid job offers with a sustainable living wage were made as a result of that morning’s efforts and VetsAid hopes to continue the tradition in the future.
- A former resident of Ventura County himself, Joe Walsh also disbursed a $10,000 grant to the Veterans Fund of the Ventura County Community Fund in Ventura, CA in support of that community’s struggles after the Hill and Woolsey Fires.
DID YOU KNOW???
- In addition to the nearly 7,000 American Military Casualties of War from the wars in the Middle East since 2001, there are nearly 51,000 who made it home wounded. Returning veterans have a 50 percent higher suicide rate than other civilians.
- In 2016, Joe Walsh contributed an original song, “No Man’s Land” to the documentary, Citizen Soldier, which chronicles a Oklahoma National Guard unit which was called up to active duty and fought in Afghanistan.
- Joe Walsh has been involved with veterans’ related causes for years, supporting various charities, visiting the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and offering free guitar lessons to the wounded veterans there.
- He has campaigned for his good friend, Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, an Iraq War veteran and double amputee. Walsh aims to use this platform to raise funds and awareness for the still urgent and significant needs of our returning soldiers.