Veterans celebrated with concert at Vets Rock

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (WTNH)– It was a night at Mohegan Sun for veterans. The casino wanted the men and women who gave themselves to the military and to the country to feel thanked and respected, and to know that they are appreciated. So they threw one giant party called Vets Rock that ended with a concert.

“They are the first ones to thank you, when they’re the ones that deserve the thank you. And they’re like ‘thank you for the music.’ How do you accept that from them,” said Ken Casey, of Drop Kick Murphy’s.

Tat Holler, Godsmack, Madison Rising, Tony Orlando, Drop Kick Murphy’s, they were all there playing for the veterans!

“The U.S. Navy started using the song “Awake” for the recruiting commercials and so we have always had a kind of loyalty and family bond with the U.S. Armed Forces,” said Sully, of Godsmack.

Related: Highlights from Vets Rock 2016

“It means comradery, brother-ship, and it’s pretty awesome to be here,” said Qawi Wakil, of New Haven.

“I served five years and I’m a disabled vet, even if it is somebody you have never met before to have that connection with them. They served before your time or after, it is a brotherhood,” said George Maerkle, Sterling.

Vets Rock is much more than a concert, they have a jobs fair and expo were vets can network. One vet even put out a pinup calendar with numbers on the back to help vets who are suffering from PTSD.”

“It is not a stigma to have PTSD. A lot of our military friends and families don’t really know how to get a hold of somebody, who do you call, what do you, do type of deal,” said Willow Clauson, Pinups for Warriors.

News 8 is a proud partner of the event celebrating those who served.

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