A Whitesburg resident is organizing a benefit concert to raise money for programs focused on helping injured service members.
Cory Harris said the Wounded Warrior Project ( WWP) gives wounded veterans a chance “to be able to learn to go out and do anything they want.”
WWP programs address mental health needs as well as physical challenges.
With Project Odyssey, service members partake in a variety of recreational activities during fiveday retreats. Horseback riding, canoeing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, rock climbing, a high ropes course, fishing, skeet shooting, sled hockey, and skiing are possible during these events located throughout the United States.
Online resources regarding combat stress are available for veterans at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
“I really like this organization,” said Harris. “A lot of people I have talked to have never heard of it.”
WWP will serve 250 of the most severely injured service members for the rest of their lives through WWP’s independence program and it’s long-term support trust. WWP has pledged $30 million in this endeavor.
The StreetSide Memorial Benefi t starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 16 at StreetSide Grill and Bar in downtown Whitesburg. The cover charge is $5.
“You can donate more if you want,” said Harris.
Tyler Childers, a Paintsville native, will headline the event. Letcher County residents Taylyn Combs, Kori Breeding and Harris will perform as well as Josh Pennington of Hazard and Johnny “Pop” Day of Pikeville.
“Everybody just jumped on board,” said Harris. “I think that is awesome.”
All of the musicians are volunteering their time to play at the benefit.
“I want every penny we get to go for this,” said Harris. “Nobody is benefiting from any of this except the Wounded Warrior Project.”