Thursday, July 12, 2007

This is For The Soldiers

Andi, of SpouseBuzz will be interviewing Drowning Pool tomorrow on SpouseBuzz Talk Radio.

The band Drowning Pool performed for our troops in Iraq, which inspired them to do more. They wanted "to make a difference," so they recently partnered with Lizzie Palmer and IAVA to begin a campaign to advocate for better mental health care for troops returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. The campaign is called, "This is for the Soldiers."

While ‘This Is For the Soldiers’ officially kicks off the week of July 4th, supporting the troops is nothing new for anyone involved. Rockers Drowning Pool toured with the USO and performed for troops in Iraq, Kuwait and South Korea in 2005 and 2006. "We have had the opportunity to meet the troops overseas, come back to the states and get invited to different bases in difference cities. We have spent countless time with soldiers who do what they do without question and you can’t help being touched by that,” said Drowning Pool lead singer Ryan McCombs. The campaign’s title, ‘This Is For the Soldiers,’ comes from a line in the Drowning Pool song, “Soldiers,” that the band wrote based on their experience. Bassist Stevie Benton remarks, “After returning from Baghdad, our priority was writing a song about our troops, for our troops. I hope they will accept the song as a show of our respect and thanks for all they do for our country.”

PTSD is real, and it's a natural by-product of war. It should not be used as an excuse to avoid war, but neither should it be ignored. We have a lot of work to do in this area.

Browse the site. Spread the word. How often do we see celebrities use their celebrity in a way that is non-partisan and benefits our troops?

Rock on......

3pm EST at SpouseBuzz Talk Radio

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