This Saturday, a series of musical acts will take the stage at Columbia’s National Guard Armory in a benefit concert for the Wounded Warrior Project.
WWP is a non-profit advocacy group dedicated to serving disabled veterans. Its projects include vocational training and education, public awareness and government affairs.
The slate of performers for the July 9 “Rock the Vets” show includes The Dirty Low Down, Justin Smith, John Wesley Satterfield and His Damn Fine Band, Bag of Toys, Danielle Howle, Summit and Fallen Kings.
Tickets for the event are $10 and can be purchased at the hosting facility, which is located at 1225 Bluff Rd in Columbia, across the street from Williams Brice Stadium.
Ticket sales begin on-site at 11 a.m., and the live music shows will run from 12 noon until 7 p.m. Food and beverage will be on sale throughout the event. All ticket proceeds go to WWP.
The national veteran’s support group is already well-known and much respected in South Carolina. In 2009 and 2010, for example, the Univ. of South Carolina’s football team wore jerseys promoting WWP.
The state has many veterans, too. According to the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, over 409,000 military veterans call South Carolina home, 69,539 of whom receive disability compensation or pension.
WWP was founded in 2002 by John Melia. While serving in Somalia as a USMC corporal, Melia became severely disabled from a helicopter crash in 1992.
For more information about Saturday’s event, visit its website (www.rockthevets.net).
(HT to the AFL-CIO, which first informed me of the benefit.)