Wounded Warrior: Music as a Remedy

Remembering a Pearl Harbor veteran

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“I have a special place in my heart for the Wounded Warrior Project, and I’m honored and blessed to be a part of the upcoming Pier Six event. My Dad was a Pearl Harbor survivor and although he suffered no major physical wounds, he did go through life with a lot of emotional ones, and he could have benefitted from the Wounded Warrior program had it been available to him.”
Rick Witkowski, lead guitarist with Crack The Sky

Empowering Wounded Warriors

The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. Their vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history. WWP provides free programs and services to address the needs of wounded warriors and fill the gaps in government care.

The demand for WWP programs and services has continued to grow from serving a select group of injured veterans to now serving tens of thousands of former military personnel. The Wounded Warrior Project routinely receives hundreds of new registration requests from injured veterans, their families, and caregivers around the nation each month.

WWP connects wounded warriors, their extended families, and selfless caregivers with disabled veteran peers and its programs within their own communities. WWP serves its clients by providing free mental health and wellness counseling, physical health and wellness therapy, career and benefits guidance, and amplified support for the most severely injured American veterans.

A primary objective of WWP is to empower warriors to live their life on their own terms, mentor fellow warriors, and embody the WWP logo by carrying their peers toward wellness and recovery. WWP is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance and aid to military veterans that served on or after the September 11th attacks in 2001.

Third Annual Wounded Warrior Benefit Concert

Larry Goren, rhythm guitarist with Midnite Run, has spearheaded the Third Annual Wounded Warrior Benefit Concert to be held at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Goren actively reached out to WWP to participate in supporting the organization after learning about their activities strive to improve the quality of life for wounded veterans.

Headlining the 2017 WWP charity concert is Jefferson Starship. Jefferson Starship will be performing many of its familiar songs including earlier hits from Jefferson Airplane as well. The bill also features the Dave DeMarco Band, Midnite Run, and returning for its third appearance in support of WWP is Crack The Sky.

Baltimore emphatically embraced Crack The Sky after the release of their 1980 album “White Music”. Now thirty-seven years later, John Palumbo and Rick Witkowski continue to please their legion of loyal CTS fans by performing the classic rock hits from CTS’s extensive catalogue whenever the band graces the stage.

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Goren was pleased with the funds raised from the two previous concerts and anticipates his campaign to educate those attending the concert to learn more about WWP and its mission to make the transition for wounded warriors returning from military combat an easier one. Bassist Dave DeMarco said he was humbled to hear that many CTS fans had planned their vacation dates around attending this year’s WWP Baltimore charity concert.

White House Ceremony for disabled veterans

On April 6, 2017, President Donald Trump welcomed members from the Wounded Warrior Project to the White House for a media ceremony during the Annual Soldier Ride. President Trump stated soldiers and veterans have, “Risked all that you have” to protect the country. He added, “You’ve earned our freedom with your sweat and your blood and your incredible sacrifice.”

Service members had gathered in the White House with Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and their wives. Trump said he hopes to participate in the annual event for, “About seven more years.” The service ride is a four-day event conducted in the Capitol district area.

Thank a wounded warrior and they will thank you

The local chapter of WWP hosted a holiday season event at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore on December 21, 2016. The unique affair welcomed wounded warriors, their families, friends and guests to connect with other warrior veterans and share their personal experiences as they continue their transition to lead ordinary lives.

The B&O Museum arranged a private train ride for the warrior families to enjoy. The main attraction was one-on-one time for all of the children to spend time with Santa Claus who walked through the train to greet all of the warrior families. After the train ride, all of the invited WWP guest were treated to milk and cookies during a special story time presentation with Mrs. Claus.

Establishing a warrior-to-warrior support network is crucial after returning to the civilian world allowing veterans to reconnect with an adjusted lifestyle, fellow warriors, and American society at large. WWP provides a foundation for veterans to manage the day-to-day challenges they face as their lives move forward in communities across America.

Timothy Tilghman
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