VetsAid 2019 10/24/19

The Doobie Brothers have just signed on to play Joe Walsh‘s third annual fundraising event, VetsAid 2019. The 2020 Rock Hall inductees join previously announced headliners ZZ TopSheryl CrowBrad Paisley, and Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit. The artists will join Wash on November 10th, 2019, on the eve of Veterans Day, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

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 second annual concert event, which took place on Veterans Day (November 11th) 2018 at Tacoma, Washington’s Tacoma Dome, featured Walsh, fellow Eagle Don Henley, brother-in-law Ringo StarrJames Taylor, Chris Stapleton, and Haim.

Walsh, who grew up part of a Gold Star family, said in the press release for the 2019 event: “It’s about time we brought VetsAid down to Texas . . . This is a night where all are welcome to celebrate the things that unite us as Americans: good friends, open hearts, and great music!”

Joe Walsh explained that the money raised at VetsAid would be going to support the grassroots veterans organizations that are struggling to provide across the board quality care for our former servicemen and women: [“I hope we can do it every year, to all the help. . . let’s say it turns into something where we can really make a difference and help the smaller organizations. Those are the people that I really care about; the smaller organizations in counties and towns that are helping vets, because they’re in the trenches. And they don’t have any budget and just to keep them going is huge.”] SOUNDCUE (:28 OC: . . . going is huge)

SOURCE: Press release

TL; DR

  • The Doobie Brothers have just signed on to play Joe Walsh‘s third annual fundraising event, VetsAid 2019.
  • The Doobies join previously announced headliners ZZ TopSheryl CrowBrad Paisley, and Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit.
  • The artists will join Wash on November 10th, 2019, on the eve of Veterans Day, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

SIDE NOTES

  • 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.

FAST FACTS

  • Back in March, 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.
  • 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.