U.S. Tour of Duty presents free performances and bedside sing-alongs at VA hospitals to raise the spirits of patients, and produces concerts in public venues to raise awareness and funds for veterans service providers.
Homefront Rising Concerts Aim to House All Veterans
Now that the City of Phoenix has housed all formerly homeless veterans, U.S. Tour of Duty has joined the Homefront Rising Coalition to make sure we do the same for currently homeless veterans everywhere. A series of concerts will be held to raise funds for a veterans village utilizing shipping containers as homes and offices, and to cover production expenses associated with Stand Downs, free performances at VA hospitals and maintenance/supplies at our Command Center (donated space at The Vortex in downtown Los Angeles).
Marine veteran Rick Reyes has agreed to live temporarily in a shipping container provided and modified by CubeDepot, and OpportunitySpace is leading the effort to obtain property. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation. Send us an email if you would like to contribute in any other way including co-producing an event, designing or constructing our temporary veterans village, or developing permanent housing for veterans. Follow our progress at HomefrontRising.org.
Rev. Smack Jonez and Bruce Weitz performed at the VA in West Los Angeles on March 28th at a free concert and BBQ honoring Vietnam veterans presented by American Legion Post 46 (Culver City) and U.S. Tour of Duty. Rev. Willis Buddy Clark Jr. (U.S. Tour of Duty Chaplain) was on the scene and is pictured (standing, left) with Rev. Jonez (seated) and Bruce.
Musicians Nolan Stands Alone and Dowding Thomas performed with comedian Chris Valenti at American Legion Post 790 in West Covina, CA on March 22. It was the first night of Anna Judd's run across America for veterans. In addition to celebrating the launch of her remarkable trek, Anna called attention to the upcoming Stand Down for homeless veterans in South El Monte.