News 8 Sponsors “Vets Rock” Event For November

(WTNH) — The challenges faced by America’s veterans, whether returning from combat or some other type of service, are only mounting as the months and years go by.

This fall, WTNH is proud to be a sponsor of an important event that we hope will change the lives of many veterans for the better.  It’s called Vets Rock 2015, and the idea is to get under one roof all the services vets need to transition back to civilian life, with a fun concert as the big finish.

Justin Nash, head of the veteran’s group ‘Til Duty is Done said, “what we wanted to do was really bring those elements together to one place and streamline the process for veterans.”  In November, that place will be Mohegan Sun, the Connecticut gaming, sports and entertainment Mecca. Vets Rock 2015 benefits ‘Til Duty is Done, and will feature a concert by vet favorite and country music star Trace Adkins.

But a music arena isn’t the only reason Vets Rock is headed to Mohegan.  Tribal Chairman Kevin Brown is a 24-year Army veteran and retired colonel who led thousands of soldiers, in combat and stateside. “What we’re trying to achieve here is some synchronization and synergy of all of those disparate efforts that are out there,” said Brown. “I don’t think that folks out there, even corporations that might be able to hire, fully understand the magnitude , the tsunami, really, of transitioning vets that’s about to come through their front door looking for a job.”

To Chairman Brown, it’s just a matter of carrying on the ethos of “no soldier left behind.”

“We understand that that obligation continues once we get home. and it really continues for the rest of our lives,” said Brown. “We’ll never forget each other and the experiences we had together.”

Vets Rock takes place at Mohegan Sun on Wednesday, November 11.  Events and workshops will take place all day, with the big concert starring Trace Adkins set for 7:30 p.m. in the arena.

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