Supporters will ‘stand for troops’ at D.C. event

The Greenwich-based Stand for the Troops (SFTT) is teaming up with George Washington University for a special DC Stands for the Troops event in Washington on Saturday, March 22.

The benefit will raise awareness and funds for the SFTT’s Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain I Rescue Coalition.

Greenwich resident Eilhys England Hackworth is chair of the Greenwich-based foundation which she co-founded more than 15 years ago with her late husband, Col. David Hackworth, America’s most valor decorated soldier since the Civil War. Ms. England Hackworth and SFTT President Major General John Batiste, U.S. Army (Ret.) said they are looking forward to affiliating with the university to host the event in Washington, D.C.

Michael and Kevin Bacon aka the Bacon Brothers will headline an evening of music and comedy March 22 at 7 p.m. at Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University, 730 21st Street NW in Washington. They will be joined by performers including The Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub Guitar Duo, Buskin & Batteau, Tom Prasada-Rao and comic Jim Breuer, a former cast member of Saturday Night Live.

A block of tickets for concert goers from Fairfield County has been set aside by SFTT.

“We welcome Fairfield County fans of good music and comedy and supporters, friends, veterans and those who care about our vets to join our Connecticut-strong contingent heading to D.C. to Stand For The Troops on March 22,” said Ms. England Hackworth.

For Connecticut ticket sales and information, call 203-629-0288.

At the top of the program, General Peter Chiarelli, US Army Vice Chief of Staff (Ret.) will present the Purple Heart to Major Ben Richards US Army (Ret.) for dozens of blasts, suicide car bombers and exploding IED’s underneath vehicles sustained while leading his Stryker Cavalry troop on missions in Iraq. His  wounds caused debilitating traumatic brain injury and cut short a promising military career. SFTT intervened to get him into a new treatment program at no cost and Major Richards has said that SFTT intervention saved his life.

With one in five soldiers and Marines returning from Iraq and Afghanistan affected by combat-related PTS and 22 veterans committing suicide every day, SFTT’s Rescue Coalition says it is focused on helping the most at-risk veterans get the timely treatment they need to survive and transition back to their families, communities and pre-PTS lives.

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