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A financial breather for America’s wounded warriors

October 04, 2013
Wounded soldier

One of the most remarkable things about the modern U.S. military is that soldiers that suffer devastating injuries in battle die at a far lower rate than in previous eras. The military’s ability to successfully treat traumatic injuries is really that good.

The downside is that far too many soldiers return to our shores with horrible physical and psychological injuries that can haunt them for a lifetime. That is where the Wounded Warrior Project comes into play. It’s an organization that is committed, in its own words, “to fostering the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.”

The Rose Hotel, and several other local organizations, are joining forces to help the Wounded Warriors Project achieve that goal locally. For its part The Rose Hotel is donating rooms for the cast and support crew taking part in a benefit concert to raise funds for wounded veterans. The Oct. 10 concert will be staged at Wente Vineyards, one of the oldest wineries in the state of California, and will feature singer/songwriter Kenny Loggins, and American Idol finalist Lacey Brown. Hosting the performance will be actor Joe Mantegna, one of the stars of the hit television show Criminal Minds

Concert information can be found at this link, and tickets can be purchased here. Tickets are priced at $99 for basic seating, to $249 for premium seating and a buffet served at the award-winning Restaurant at Wente Vineyards. Funds raised by the event will be donated to serve the medical needs of wounded war veterans, some of whom have major expenses long after military care has been completed.

The Pleasanton Weekly reports that George Bowen, whose Marine son Andy recently returned to Pleasanton after a seven-month deployment aboard the USS New Orleans, and Doug Miller, past commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6298 in Pleasanton, have been the key promoters of the Wente Concert fundraiser. The two have enlisted support from the San Francisco Giants, Safeway, Chevron and scores of other local businesses. In addition to the VFW and Pleasanton Military Families, American Legion Post 237 in Pleasanton and the Valley Veterans Foundation are collaborating in promoting and organizing the event.

The newspaper also reports that among the wounded warriors who will be introduced at the concert, and who will benefit from its proceeds, is Marine Staff Sgt. Jason Ross of Livermore. He lost both legs while on patrol in Afghanistan in March 2011 when he stepped on an explosive device. Only recently, after more than 200 surgeries and extensive hospitalization and therapy, has Jason been able to return home to be with his family and two daughters. Last April, he visited Livermore’s Granada High School, where he graduated in 2001, receiving a hero’s welcome from the faculty and students.

The management and staff of The Rose Hotel are humbled by the sacrifices so many of our active and retired military personnel have made in defense of our country, and we are honored to participate in extending helping hands to make sure our wounded warriors are not forsaken.