Race on the Base has the honor to be associated with some great charities for our upcoming 2014 event. Given the location of our event, we take pride in the fact that all of our community charity partners to date are associated with the military in some way. One of these organizations is called “Rock for Vets.” Their mission is captured perfectly in their name—they help veterans suffering from PTSD, Spinal Cord Injury, Brain Injury, Blind Rehab and more to… rock. Participants learn a musical instrument or participate in a band to help increase self confidence, self worth, and ease the transition back into civilian life.
Rock for Vets is one of many groups around the nation that uses the power of musical therapy to help veterans on the path to recovery once they have returned to American soil. The concept of musical therapy for veterans of war was conceived in the mid-1900s and has continued to expand. It is thought to be a “part of a groundbreaking, interdisciplinary approach to working with patients and their families… it can provide treatment and tools for veterans seeking development of healthy coping skills.” (http://www.harrisoncentermt.com/PTSD)
Part of how Rock for Vets achieves their mission is by taking the veterans and their bands out to perform live. This encourages socialization, helps veterans adjust to being in public, and gives them responsibility and purpose, among numerous other benefits. On Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 3pm to 5pm there will be a FREE concert in the park at Signal Hill Park (corner of Cherry Ave and Hill St, 90755). The concert has been created to honor veterans and their families from Signal Hill and the surrounding areas.
There will also be some military vehicles present, a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and, of course, Rock for Vets will be there to perform. Also set to perform will be the Long Beach Community Band, which is made up of over 60 musicians and has been entertaining Long Beach residents since 1947.
For more information on supporting Rock for Vets, a registered 501c3 charity, please visit www.rockforvets.net and make your donation online or please contact Frank McIlquham (a resident of Signal Hill), Director of The Rock Club—Rock for Vets at 866-597-1116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more general information on music therapy, visit: http://www.musictherapy.org/