In today’s modern society, filled with time-consuming activity and daily distractions we all deserve a time out simply to enjoy ourselves, be entertained, escape from daily woes that face us all and if we can do that while helping someone in need, all that much better.
We live in increasingly partisan times. It seems more and more we are divided as we bicker among ourselves on issues of the day. Be it taxes, civil rights, infrastructure projects or any number of issues facing us, we remain divided and apparently unable to find a compatible middle ground.
But when it comes to supporting veterans, we are united. Even though our bickering extends into partisan rancor over sending them off into harm’s way, we remain united in appreciating their willingness to stand between us and our enemies, having learned decades ago that those that we send to war are not the designers of war and THEY deserve our support.
We shake their hands at the airport, applaud when they march by us and weep at their funerals with their family and loved ones. We demand our politicians to fund their healthcare and do what is needed to heal their wounds or replace lost limbs with a prosthetic device.
Not all wounds are visible, though. Some bring back hidden wounds: a broken spirit; horrid memories of battle; the heartbreak of seeing friends fall; or deep regret over wrenching choices made in the heat of battle.
Many don’t even realize they carry these hidden wounds, they just know something is not right. They just, like many other persons, choose a wrong path to deal with their troubles.
They may drink too much alcohol; frequently argue with their spouse; and even strike their spouse. They don’t realize how the hurt they may hold inside is being transferred to loved ones.
In times past, the few who reacted in this manner were just arrested and treated like common criminals. Convicted in a court of law, they were locked up, and did not receive any treatment or understanding. They were forgotten.
With the creation of the Veterans Court in Clark County, efforts are made to intervene and give those few Veterans another chance, before they have gone over the edge and end up imprisoned due to some major crime. Our society sent them off to war and we owe it to them to assist them when needed in reclaiming their lives.
Our community has been fantastic when it comes to supporting our Veterans Court as they come out in large numbers for past fundraising events to show their support and to donate to keep the court functioning. The last event, held at the Vancouver Elks Lodge was filled to over capacity, spilling into adjacent rooms.
April 27, 2013 presents not just one opportunity, but two. You can not only enjoy world-class Entertainment, but also keep Clark County Veteran’s Court functioning. Another star-studded line-up of performers is planned to perform at the Luepke Center, 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd. Vancouver, WA.
Headlining this show will be Ricky Lee Jackson, known for his appearance on TV to sing his original Country hit, Freedom, Family & Faith. Accompanying Ricky Lee will be Shawna Quade, another very talented singer whose voice brings Patsy Cline back to life. They are backed by the full Jackson Band.
Accomplished each on their own, together they blend voices and talent into very memorable performances.
National Fiddler Champ Cynthia Hamm will be returning along with Don Mitchell accompanying her. Cynthia is also noted for her excellent rendition of Patsy Cline, as well as her Champion performance on the fiddle. Jesse Wade Holyk and the Washington Old-Time Fiddlers round out the line-up, along with special appearances by Dayzsha Ab-Rahman, Miss Clark County’s Outstanding Teen 2013 and the Young Marines, well-known for their reenactment of the Iwo Jima Flag Raising.
The Clark County Veterans Court came into being through the efforts of Clark County District Court Judge Darvin Zimmerman, recently awarded the Local Hero Award by the Washington State Bar Association. His tireless efforts at organizing these concerts, lining up world class talent and spreading the word keeps the Veterans Court functioning, along with your generous donations that help offset costs for peer mentors and other projects approved by the Board.
Laura L. Mancuso, secretary of the Veterans Therapeutic Court Advisory Board said,
“Without Judge Zimmerman, the current Veterans Court would not be what it is today, nor as successful. He has shown a determined commitment and tireless efforts into supporting the advisory board by organizing and promoting fundraising events throughout 2011 and 2012 as well as… 2013.”
There will be two performances for your pleasure this time, a Matinee Concert from 2 to 4:30 pm and an Evening Concert from 5 to 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale now for only $10, $15 after April 13, 2013.
In addition to excellent entertainment, there will be celebrity memorabilia provided by Jonathan Jackson, Nashville TV Star, as well as beverages and gourmet desserts provided by Goldies BBQ, included in the admission price.
Folks, nowhere can you see this caliber of entertainment for such a price. And you are helping deserving Veterans as well.
Don’t delay! You can obtain your tickets at Beacock Music, Music World, Young Art, HairBlenders Salon, Goldies BBQ or you can order then online at www.ClarkCountyVetsCourtBoard.org.
A Veteran is a terrible thing to waste and we owe them more than we can ever repay.
Come on out April 27 to the Luepke Center. Enjoy your selves while helping deserving Veterans.