Music News Pop Culture News

Homeward Bound Heroes: Benefit Concert Set For May 22nd In Bethesda, MD


Nathan Osmond, Lonestar and legendary broadcaster Larry King headline a star-studded tribute to U.S. Troops at the first Homeward Bound Heroes concert event, set for May 22, at the world-class Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD.

As major wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, U.S. military personnel are coming home by the thousands, many of them injured from the battlefields they fought on for more than a decade.

The Wounded In Action Family Foundation (WIAFF) creates the opportunity for wounded warriors and their families to successfully transition from a military hospital environment back into civilian society.

Homeward Bound Heroes will bring together top entertainers as they honor the men and women of our armed forces.  Among the notable stars scheduled to perform is country breakthrough artist Nathan Osmond, who will release his new CD that night, dedicating proceeds to the WIAFF and its cause.

Other stars slated to perform include iconic country rockers Lonestar, southern rock band Crossin Dixon, singer/songwriter Sarah Darling, Moi Navarro, Angel Taylor from NBC’s The Voice, and Maryland’s own rising country star, Laura Bryna.

Famed American Tenor Antonio Giuliano will sing the national anthem and Lee Greenwood, Billy Dean, Collin Raye, Tracy Lawrence and other famous guests will be part of a music video montage that pays tribute to the troops.

“WIAFF salutes all our wounded warrior families,” said Warren Elliott, CEO and Co-Founder.  “Our goal is to make sure they are given every opportunity to return home and experience the American Dream for sacrificing so much for our country.”

Studies have shown that up to 80 percent of veteran families making the transition from hospital environment to civilian life are unable to successfully accomplish this complex and intensive set of tasks. The result is often unemployment, a poor future outlook and significant stress, leading to a breakdown of the family structure.

WIAFF was created to provide much-needed support to U.S. veterans injured in battle as they make the transition from military/hospital life to civilian society.  The organization is not about charity or lifetime aid.  Rather, it’s immediate mission is to help these affected families become self-sufficient by connecting them to local businesses and communities and the resources they can provide to get these wounded warriors back on their collective feet.  The WIAFF Transition Team handles individuals and their needs on a case-by-case basis, seeking assistance from a pool of government leaders, veterans, private volunteers, local, regional, and national companies.

Wounded in Action Family Foundation is a registered 501 (c)(3) non-pro?t organization.  It was formed in 2008 as an outgrowth of “Operation Kindness Ministry” of the McLean Bible Church in McLean, Virginia.