With friends like Joe Walsh has, VetsAid 2019 will be a concert to remember

Julia LeDoux
November 04, 2019 - 10:55 am
Joe Walsh and service members

VetsAid

Want to hear some great music and help veterans at the same time?

Legendary Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and some of his friends are bringing VetsAid 3 to Houston, Texas on Nov. 10.

“Last year we were able to end up with $800,000 to distribute,” he said.

In addition to Walsh, this year’s concert fuses a blend of music, modern country and classic rock. Featured performers include ZZ Top, Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit.

“The Doobie Brothers just signed on,” Walsh said. “That’s a pretty darn good evening of music for one ticket.”

Net proceeds from the concert go directly to veterans services charities selected through a vetting process coordinated with the National Association of Veterans Serving Organizations, said Walsh.

“I’m looking for smaller, vet run organizations,” Walsh said.  “Those are the people I want to fund.”

In its first two years, VetsAid has distributed nearly $1.2 million in grants to veterans’ services organizations on the national and regional levels with a focus on the festival’s host city. This year, VetsAid plans to disburse grants to Houston-area organizations. A job fair at last year’s event helped 40 vets land employment, Walsh said.

Playbill VetsAid
Photo courtesy VetsAid

VetsAid 2017 was held in Fairfax, Virginia. Walsh and the Zac Bown Band, Keith Urban and Gary Clark performed. Vets Aid 2018 featured special guest Ringo Starr, Don Henley, James Taylor, Chris Stapleton, Haim and Walsh.

Walsh said asking his friends to take part in the inaugural VetsAid in 2017 was hard, but that’s not the case anymore.

“It’s getting easier now that it’s the third year,” he said. “It’s amazing across the board, in all genres of music of how everybody is aware of vets and the difficulty in the transition back to civilian life.”

Walsh himself is a Gold Star son. His father was a flight instructor for the first American operational jet-powered aircraft, the Lockheed F-80 Shooting Star. He died while stationed on Okinawa when Walsh was just 20 months old.

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