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The Lt. Dan Band comes to Fayetteville, NC!

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Gary Sinise(pictured right)

On Friday, September, 13, my husband and I had the opportunity to see the AMAZING Lt. Dan Band.  We bought VIP tickets to the concert because this concert was special.  It was a benefit concert for 2 American Heroes, MSG John Masson (Army) and SSGT Thomas McRea (Marines).  It was also a wonderful opportunity for my husband and me to have a date night.


These 2 heroes were both injured in Afghanistan and both suffered catastrophic injuries from IED's.  MSG Masson is a triple amputee and SSGT McRea is also triple amputee but also suffered a TBI, and also eye injuries.  This concert was a very rare opportunity for me, and was such an amazing experience to be a part of.  This concert was a benefit concert to raise money for these heroes to receive smart homes.

My view 
The Lt. Dan Band is a unique band of sorts, they are a cover band that plays a variety of songs.  If you have ever seen the movie Forest Gump, then you will know the bands bass player, and front runner, Gary Sinise.  He is behind the Gary Sinise Foundation, a foundation that honors our nations Veterans, First Responders, their families and those in need.  He travels around the world, playing concerts for the military community to raise money for his foundation and foundations they supports, in this case the Tunnel to Tower Foundation.

The Lt. Dan Band
As an Army spouse this concert was humbling, it made my proud to be the wife of an American hero, not just that day but everyday.  These men fought for their country, were severely wounded and my feeling was the least that i could do was to give back to a fellow comrade of my husband despite not knowing either man.  It was inspiring to see our community rise up and raise money for our own, and make sure that their sacrifices are and never will be forgotten.  What was most inspiring was to see how humbled and grateful these men were, both not recognizing themselves as heroes.  The concert featured a night jump by an all veterans skydive team, an auction featuring paintings and 2 Gibson Guitars signed by Gary Sinise.  The crowed raised $12,000 in the auction, with all the money going towards these heroes homes!

It is my hope that these men get the homes that they deserve, and that they know that they are heroes every single day! If you haven't had the opportunity to see the Lt. Dan Band, check out this website here.  If you ever happen to get the opportunity to check out his band, all the proceeds got 100% to the organization that he is supporting that evening, usually someone local.  It is such a gratifying feeling to help someone in need, especially an American Hero.

Some links to check out!

SSGT Thomas McRea
MSG John Masson
The Lt. Dan Band Website

Photos are courtesy of Courtney, contributing blogger for Army Wives Club.


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