Linda Ward Public Relations
117 Black Oak Dr. Branson, MO 65616 417-332-0167 phone 417-334-4253 fax 417-230-4371 cell email@example.com
Sept. 20, 2006 Contact: Nita Tate Telephone: 417-339-1960 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
New War Movement Starting In Midwest
Celebrity entertainers take sides on war
BRANSON, Mo. -- In response to the growing unrest regarding America‟s military involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, a new initiative has been started in the small Midwest town of Branson, Mo. A group of entertainers has formed their own battle line in an attempt to insure the men and women who are doing the fighting are not forgotten among the partisan politics and nightly news discussions of whether the United States should, or should not, continue the war efforts. In the process, the group is launching a fund raiser for four non-profit military and veterans‟ support organizations, one of which is a cause supported by Cher, another supported by Tony Orlando, another by the National Association of Broadcasters and the fourth is the only national Vietnam veterans organization congressionally chartered. “It doesn‟t matter if you are for, or against the war,” said Terry Wayne, owner and producer of the #1 Hits Of The 60‟s show in Branson, “you must be FOR our troops at all times.” Wayne, with the support of members of the cast and band of the show, has launched S.T.A.N.D. For The Troops, a non-profit, non-partisan organization to support past and present military personnel and their families, and to “Rally America” behind our troops. “S.T.A.N.D. is an acronym for Sixties Then And Now Delegation, a fitting title for the new movement, considering the main focus of our show is the music and events of the 1960‟s,” said Wayne. “As we pay tribute to Vietnam veterans during our show performances, we are reminded nightly of the price of freedom - a price that is paid in a time of war and peace.” S.T.A.N.D. For The Troops and their first fund-raising project of a two song CD was announced at a kickoff press conference, rally and free concert held Sept. 20. The newly released CD, recorded by
the cast and band of #1 Hits Of The 60‟s, features “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” and “God Bless America.” “Both songs have very powerful voice overs that leave no doubt this is a „Rally Call‟ for all Americans,” said Wayne. The show‟s bass player, Brian Zerbe, who initiated the idea, said, “There was a natural connection for „We Gotta Get Out Of This Place.‟ It was a rallying point for the military serving in Vietnam, so we decided to offer it up, once again, as a rallying point for our current troops. It‟s all about getting the job done and bringing the troops home safely, as soon as possible.” -MOREPAGE 2 OF 2 THE TROOPS ANNOUNCED The CD is available online at www.standforthetroops.org for $5 + shipping with retail outlets to be added. One hundred percent of the profits from the sale of the CD will be donated to the following organizations: Vietnam Veterans of America, Operation-Helmet, Branson Veterans Task Force and Armed Forces Relief Trust. “Because of so many who have donated time and services to the project, we are able to donate all the profits to these deserving non-profit groups. Those who have helped include Mansion America Media Center of Branson, Mo., recording facilities; Brad Haynes, Greatland Music and Publishing of Front Royal, Va., CD duplication; www.1branson.com, web hosting; www.VetFriend.com, On a Hill in Iraq photograph, Branson Showcase Theater, facility; and Linda Ward of PR Pro, publicity. Commander John W. Alexander, USN (Ret.), director of communications, Armed Forces Relief Trust, said, “The Armed Forces Relief Trust is honored to be one of the recipient organizations that will benefit from the sale of the new „For the Troops‟ CD produced by the S.T.A.N.D. cast and band. Grassroots patriotic initiatives like this one send a clear signal to the members of our Armed Forces that citizens across America recognize and appreciate their sacrifice and do not take for granted, the freedom they strive to protect and defend. I'm pleased to report that 100% of any charitable gift received by the Armed Forces Relief Trust resulting from the sale of this CD will provide financial assistance to members serving in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy and their families. God bless you for this creative gesture and God bless America.” “Operation Helmet is honored and humbled by the outpouring of support by the American people to their Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines. We are proud to accept on their behalf, donations from the S.T.A.N.D. cast and band from the sale of the "For the Troops" CD. We feel the spirit of Americans every day: from the young troop that is preparing to go to Iraq or Afghanistan, to the families that are remaining behind, to patriotic Americans that simply are looking for a way to pay back or pay forward STAND FOR
the love and support for our young men and women are simply stunning! God bless you for this work that you do and God bless America,” said Dr. Bob Meaders, President, Operation Helmet. “It is with honor and pride and on behalf of the Branson Veterans Task Force Board of Directors that I accept the designation by STAND to make the Branson Veterans Task Force one of its four non-profit groups to receive funds from the For the Troops CD project. STAND‟s goal to rally America behind our troops is comparable to the Task Force‟s mission to promote an environment of patriotic pride and dignity to recognize and honor our Nation's veterans and their families, while empowering others to do the same. We wish STAND much success in this noble project,” said Dr. Dale Smith, chairman of the board of directors of the Branson Veterans Task Force. -30Editor’s: background on each of the organizations follows
#1 Hits Of The 60’s is a full-production live show performing nightly at the Branson Showcase Theater in Branson, Mo. S.T.A.N.D. (Sixties Then And Now Delegation) For The Troops is a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to “Rally America” in support of our troops so that: 1) It will never be forgotten that it is the men and women of our Armed Forces who allow us to continue to live in freedom and 2) The veteran and active men and women of our Armed Forces will know that the citizens of America whole-heartedly support our troops. S.T.A.N.D. For The Troops, through various musical projects, special events and associated merchandising, raises funds and donates 100% of the profits received to support past and present military personnel and their families. For more information on S.T.A.N.D. For The Troops, or to schedule an interview with the founders, Terry Wayne, Nita Tate or Brian Zerbe please call Tate at: 417-339-1960 or e-mail email@example.com
Operation Helmet is a nonpartisan, 501(c)3 charitable grassroots effort that provides helmet upgrade kits free of charge to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Operation Helmet depends on tax-deductible donations and is a team member of AmericaSupportsYou.mil. For $70-$100, depending on the manufacturer, added safety and comfort can be provided for a trooper. But donations of any amount
are welcome. The donation can be designated for a specific branch of the military, a particular unit or an individual trooper. Ninety-nine percent of donations go toward helmet kits. There are no salaries or payroll costs deducted and the Operation's books are available for inspection at the home office. To date, Operation Helmet has sent upgrade kits to over 24,000 troops. Contacts: Dr. Bob Meaders, President, Operation Helmet, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.OperationHelmet.org, (936) 449-9706.
With the support of the National Association of Broadcasters, the four Military Aid Societies Air Force Aid Society, Army Emergency Relief, Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, and Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society - have come together to address escalating needs by creating The Armed Forces Relief Trust, a single, non-profit fund to better collect and disburse donations in support of the troops and their families in need. The mission is to assist the military aid societies by providing a single vehicle to accept donations that will benefit the men and women of our Armed Forces and their families. Examples of such assistance may include payment for a soldier's airfare to fly home for his father's funeral, a special reading program for a sailor's daughter, special medical attention for a pilot's expectant spouse, or college tuition for a soldier's child. http://www.afrtrust.org/
Founded in 1978, Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. is the only national Vietnam veterans organization congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. Its founding principle: “Never again shall one generation of veterans abandon another." Its goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.
Branson Veterans Task Force is dedicated to honoring the nation's brave soldiers and military personnel year round, done in part by providing festivities, ceremonies, parades and observances on historical, military dates. “There's no scam here," said entertainer Tony Orlando, the heart and soul
behind the annual Veterans Day celebrations. Veterans Homecoming began in 1995 and is the nation‟s largest Veterans Day celebration and a permanent part of the community's annual festivities. Mission statement: The Branson Veterans Task Force is dedicated to empower the Branson area communities to promote an environment of patriotic pride and dignity to recognize and honor our Nation's veterans and their families, while empowering others to do the same. Information: 417-337-8387, Branson Veterans Task Force, PO Box 128, Branson MO 65615, Fax: 417-334-7894, E-mail: email@example.com or contact PR Pro, 417-332-0167, Linda Ward 417-230-4371.