When Victory for Vets founder Rick Carlesco saw a need, he decided to do something about it. Now heading into it’s fourth year, the concert has become a summer tradition at Sharkey’s Bar & Grill in Liverpool.
The staggering statistic that twenty-two veterans commit suicide each day is what brought motivated Carlesco to begin the fundraiser. As a veteran himself, he knows how difficult it can be for some soldiers returning home from war. He wanted to help aid in the recovery of those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and has seen the benefit that service dogs have had with these individuals. Organizations such as Clear Path for Veterans have a wonderful service dog program that Carlesco describes in better detail.
Victory for Vets is heading into it’s fourth year and has been incredibly successful for the past three years. They have raised $45,000 for Clear Path for Veterans and other similar programs and are hoping to add heavily to that sum this year. The committee that has made this all possible is formed from 50 volunteers.
On the agenda for the concert is some serious talent. Headlining the event is Molly Hatchet and others performing include Held Hostage, Jason Wicks, Scars and Stripes and Dirt Road Ruckus.
The event is this Saturday at Sharkeys Summer Stage in Liverpool, doors open at 1:00pm. There will be a motorcycle ride at 3:00pm with at least 100 motorcycles. As the bikes come roaring in, there will be a 21 gun salute, honor guard and playing of the National Anthem. After that, the music will start around 3:30pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. There are limited preferred and VIP seating available. Tickets can be bought at Sharkey’s, Sound Garden in Armory Square or online. For more information, visit Victory4Vets.com.