Dierks Bentley – Wounded Warrior Project
The Wounded Warrior Project is an organization dedicated to assisting military men and women, and their families in dealing with wounds suffered in the service of their country. It makes me proud to know such an organization exists. It also makes me sad that such an organization HAS to exist. But it does. And one of its greatest supporters is country star Dierks Bentley.
The Wounded Warrior Project has a number of groups associated with it. One of them is Believe in Heroes, and it’s that organization that Dierks has teamed with to raise awareness and money to help the wounded re-build their lives.
Dierks is inviting fans to pre-concert parties at each of his concerts. According to the Associated Press, at each party, fans can win prizes from Bentley including ticket upgrades, merchandise and more. There are also plans to set up a text-donation in the future.
Bentley’s people plan on doing these fundraising parties at selected concerts on his current tour, right up until Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2011.
The Wounded Warrior Project has a very simple, yet very difficult vision:
To foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded warriors in this nation's history.
From their website:
With advancements in battlefield medicine and body armor, an unprecedented percentage of service members are surviving severe wounds or injuries. For every U.S. soldier killed in World Wars I and II, there were 1.7 soldiers wounded. In Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, for every U.S. soldier killed, seven are wounded. Combined, there have been almost 42,000 injured in the two conflicts – nearly 32,000 injured in Operation Iraqi Freedom and nearly 10,000 in Operation Enduring Freedom.
You can find more information on when Dierks may be close to your town at his website here.
Please visit the Wounded Warrior site here for more information.