Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Independence Fund is a South Carolina registered, all-volunteer 501(c)3 managed by combat veterans with a mission of providing the tools, therapies and guidance to those veterans severely injured in the War on Terror that they are otherwise not receiving. To date, The Independence Fund has raised and distributed more than $2.1 million in goods and services to qualified veterans and caregivers of the War on Terror.
On Wed, May 1, The Independence Fund announced during a Kickoff Celebration organized by local veteran Stacy Pearsall, and held in The Citadel’s Pearson Lounge, that they will be bringing more than 120 severely injured veterans and caregivers to The Citadel’s Hagood Football Stadium on Sat, Sept 14, for a benefit concert to be performed by entertainer Gary Sinise and his Lt Dan Band.
Sinise, widely known for his role of “Lt Dan” in the blockbuster film “Forrest Gump” is no stranger to the Lowcountry. “In 2011, I was in Charleston where I was the EmCee for the Medal of Honor Society at their convention gala. It was a privilege and I and look forward to playing a concert in Charleston with the intent to raise a lot of money and awareness for the good work that The Independence Fund does on behalf of our wounded veterans,” Sinise said in a recent statement.
Sinise first performed in the Lowcountry at the invitation of The Independence Fund at the Beaufort Shrimp Festival in 2010. “Bringing the Lt Dan Band this year to The Citadel gives us the opportunity to reach more veterans with our message of Independence, exposes us to a broader market and yet retains that unique charm and character that is so attractive to the Lowcountry from an outsiders perspective,” said Independence Fund Board member, Jesse Acosta. Acosta, who was a featured speaker at Pearsall’s May 1 Kickoff was medically retired in 2010 after he was permanently blinded when a piece of shrapnel from a 120mm mortar tore through his upper face.
Weekend activities currently being planned for the veterans during their stay in Charleston include attending the Friday Parade of the Corps of Cadets at The Citadel, a Friday night “Party in the Park” featuring a live sighting and performance by Elvis, a family friendly Bike Ride through Charleston on Saturday morning, an Independence Expo of various equipment and devices that promote independence and freedom for severely injured veterans, and, of course, the Saturday night concert by Gary Sinise and the Lt Dan Band at The Citadel’s Hagood Football Stadium. There will even be an appearance by a service Monkey that the Independence Fund placed with a disabled veteran who will be attending LDW4.
More information on the event and ticket sales are available on the event website, www.LDW4.org.
If you would like to volunteer to provide support for the Lt Dan Week you may do so by following the instructions on this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1U_MBWEiXaxal5OjEC33JeOmAmP8ziWNePOZ-AAhS_Eg/edit?usp=drive_web