Vets Rock welcomes veterans and their families all day Friday

Justin Nash, one of the founders of Til Duty Is Done, talks about Vets Rock (WTNH / Kevin Pflaumer)

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (WTNH) — It’s Veterans Day, and News 8 is proud to once again be a part of Vets Rock, a day dedicated to Veterans and their families with lots of activities and resources, plus a huge rock concert as well.

On Veterans Day, it’s important to thank veterans for all they’ve done, but it’s even more important to remember that many, far too many, end up without jobs, and even without homes.

The group Til Duty is Done is doing something about that, and Vets Rock is its big event. It started last year, and around 1,500 veterans came to Mohegan Sun for the event. The big draw is the concert tonight, but during the day Friday, there are workshops that help with your resume, and your job interviewing skills.

In addition to job interview resources, you can also get yourself a nice, professional suit to wear for that interview, and right in the same room is a job fair looking to hire veterans and their family members.

Veterans have already proven themselves to dedicated, smart, hard working employees by their service in the military. The founder of Til Duty is Done, Justin Nash, says employers know that, that’s why they will be here today.

About a hundred companies that are in this geographical region that have active open employment positions that they’re actively looking to hire veterans. Right now, right here in the State of Connecticut, Massachusetts and the surrounding areas. So just come. If you’r looking for a job, if you’re a veteran by all means just get here and we’ll take care of the rest.”

A lot of people took advantage of that last year. There’s something new for this year, and you don’t have to be a vet to experience it.

The Wall that Heals is set up in the Winter parking garage. It is a one half scale model of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.

A couple weeks ago it was in West Haven. I saw it. It is very moving, whether you’re a veteran, whether you know one of the names on the wall, it is just a powerful reminder of the ultimate sacrifice paid by so many who served.

The wall is set up so you can see it any time, day or night. It will be here until Sunday afternoon.

Tonight’s concert features Dropkick Murphys, Godsmack and Madison Rising, and the whole thing is emceed by the legendary Tony Orlando. Tickets are $30 each, and that starts at 7:30.

Just before 9:00 a.m., Kent checked in with an update on everything getting set up and underway.

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