Joe Walsh's third annual fundraising event, VetsAid 2019, takes place this Sunday (November 10th), on the eve of Veterans Day, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Joining Walsh and his band at the third annual event are the Doobie Brothers, ZZ Top, Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley, and Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit.
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 Starr, James 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 told us that it's only in recent times that the trauma that veterans and their families were forced to carry has been able to be brought out into the light: ["No, it's never discussed. My father died when I was two. He died in 1949 and there was no Gold Star designation. It was just, 'Oh, your father died? Oh, that's too bad.' It was never discussed with me, it was never really explained to me. And when you think of it, all the guys from World War II, which is all of our fathers; they all came back, and, and they never talked about it."] SOUNDCUE (:32 OC: . . . talked about it)
We asked Walsh, what is the quickest way to help veterans and their families on a local, grassroots level: ["Well, you can find out more about this at VetsAid.org. There's also a network of places, but I would say, anybody listening to this, there are vet organizations all around us. They're small, and they're predominately vet run, but ask around and find something near you, because that's who needs help. Because you can save lives and even if it helps them prevent suicide, you can make a huge difference."] SOUNDCUE (:39 OC: . . . a huge difference)