Founder of VetsAid Joe Walsh as well as the performers at VetsAid 2018, including Ringo Starr, James Taylor, Chris Stapleton, and Haim, helped to raise and disburse $795,000 in grants at the 2nd annual VetsAid music festival. The festival took place last November on Veterans Day, and will return for the third year on Nov. 10 in Houston, Texas.
The 2018 VetsAid took place in Washington state, and the money raised during the festival was distributed to a variety of national and local organizations that work to improve the lives of military veterans. For a complete list of the organizations that received grants, see the VetsAid website.
In 2017, Walsh launched VetsAid to raise and distribute sorely needed funds to veterans' groups across the country that are serving the men and women who served the country. Throughout his career, Walsh has supported a variety of veterans’ related causes. Walsh himself is a Gold Star family member, as he lost his father, a flight instructor who died while stationed and on active duty in Okinawa, Japan, when he was just 20-months old.
“VetsAid – the shows, the old friends coming together to make music, the new friends I’ve made along the way and the veterans community that has so warmly welcomed me – is quickly becoming one of the great joys and privileges of my life,” Walsh said in a statement. “I’m so grateful for the support we’ve received and I’m proud to be able to do what I can and for a population that does so much and asks for so little.”
A video recap of last year’s event showcases performances from Haim, Chris Stapleton, James Taylor, Ringo Starr, as well as Walsh and his Eagles bandmate, Don Henley.
See the video recap of the 2018 VetsAid music festival below.
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Article image: Joe Walsh performing at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, FL in 2006. (Carl Lender [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons.)