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October Jethro Tull Concert Set to Support Disabled Veterans and First Responders

July 3, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 3 -- The Blinded Veterans Association issued the following news release:

Legendary progressive rock musician Ian Anderson, best known for decades for his work as Jethro Tull, will present "Ian Anderson and the Best of Jethro Tull for the Heroes" at the National Theater in Richmond, Virginia.

The October 5 performance has been organized by the Global Campaign Against Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), also a chief sponsor. The concert will, in part, benefit Operation Peer Support, an initiative of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) that connects veterans who have lost their vision during the World War II, Korea, and Vietnam eras with the newly blinded who have been wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan as a result of IEDS, sniper fire, mortar- or rocket-propelled grenades, or combinations of other firearms.

Highlights of the event include VIP donor receptions both prior and after the show, a special opening performance by the Virginia Military Institute Commander's Band, and a meeting of select veterans with Ian Anderson before the show with their attendance as special guests.

Also included will be a veteran art exhibit in the National Theater and Marriott Hotel lobbies that showcases art created by veterans as part of therapy to recover from the visible and invisible wounds of war.

"The funding goal for the concert and related events is $115,000 with a 'stretch goal' to fund key projects supporting veterans and first responders of an additional $60,000," said Colonel Bob Morris (Ret), a 31-year veteran of the U.S. Army and founder of the Global Campaign Against IEDs.

The total funding goal of $175,000 will cover all event costs and provide resources for three key programs: training and equipment to help a member of BVA who was injured by an IED in Iraq achieve his Olympic dream and compete in the 2018 Korean Paralympic Biathlon; training, certifications, and job placement for up to 10 veterans in Virginia; and a campaign to increase the safety of children and their schools through a program to reduce school violence and the threat of IEDs therein.

More than 85 percent of all service member injuries and deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted from IEDs. No other single weapon in U.S. military history has been the cause of more injuries and deaths. IEDs are the cause of the four major injuries to veterans and active-duty military. These injuries are vision loss, hearing loss, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Traumatic Brain Injury (now also linked to vision loss and blindness).

Tickets for the concert will go on sale approximately July 21, but are available now to blinded veterans, their families, and the friends and supporters of BVA in recognition of their assistance and loyalty. They can be purchased at

BVA is the only Congressional chartered Veterans Service Organization exclusively dedicated to serving America's legally blind veterans. The organization was founded in 1945 by war-blinded veterans returning from World War II.

[Category: Armed Forces]

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