Joe Walsh is launching a foundation to support veterans and their families, and to kick it all off he’s staging a star-studded benefit concert.
The Eagles guitar legend announced his inaugural concert, “VetsAid: The Concert For Our Veterans”, to benefit his new non-profit foundation, VetsAid.
Zac Brown Band, Gary Clark Jr. and Keith Urban will join Walsh on Sept. 20 at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia. More artists will be announced at a later date.
It’s a cause that hits close to home for Walsh, a Gold Star family member himself. His father was a flight instructor for the first U.S. operational jet powered aircraft, the Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star, and died while stationed in Okinawa. Walsh was just 20 months old when his father died.
“War is hell for everyone involved,” he said in a press release. “I lost my father when I was a baby, before I could even make a memory of him. I stopped counting the number of friends I lost in the Vietnam War or that came home forever scarred mentally or physically or both.
We’ve only just begun to appreciate the long-term impacts on our troops home from Iraq. And in Afghanistan, the longest war in American history continues to drag on with no end in sight and just last month this administration committed to send thousands more of our young men and women into the conflict with no defined goal or strategy.”
Walsh has been involved with several 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.
“I had to do something and rock and roll seems to be what I do best,” Walsh continued. “It’s also the least I could do for those who have served and continue to serve our country.
We’re all in this together as Americans and seems to me lately that people are forgetting that. I asked my buddies Zac, Gary and Keith to step up and I’m so grateful that they did. Let’s put on a show, raise some money and celebrate our vets—and let’s do it every year!”
According to the VetsAid website, the foundation plans to “directly support a variety of established and tested veterans-based charities, namely those with a proven track-record that take care to provide complete and holistic care for veterans and their families, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.”
Tickets go on-sale to the public Friday, July 21 at 10 a.m.