Detour Bluegrass Band Partners with Goodwill to Help Homeless Veterans

Detour Bluegrass Band Partners with
Goodwill to Help Homeless Veterans
 
 
Detour presenting Goodwill of Northern MI $1,000 towards the Patriot Place
 
Traverse City, MI (November 12, 2012)  The Michigan based bluegrass band DETOUR is donating proceeds from the sales of its song “Homeless Of The Brave” to Goodwill’s Patriot Place project.
Patriot Place is a transitional housing community for Northern
Michigan’s homeless veterans. DETOUR recently presented Goodwill with a
check for $1,000 which is the first of what they hope will be many
installments.
 
The song, which is included on their newest release A BETTER PLACE,
was written by band member Jeff Rose as a direct response to a story
that he heard on the radio about the plight of homeless veterans.  Rose
was “stunned to learn that there are approximately 70,000 homeless
veterans in this country and over 600 in northern Michigan alone”.
 
The song is a story about American
veterans who return home, only to find they cannot get jobs, or in some
cases, even find places to live and sleep.  The chorus of the song sums
up the hopefulness that Detour has for this project:
 
It’s time we stand up and say,
there’ll be hell to pay, if another soldier dies upon these streets,
In the richest land on earth, please tell me what it’s worth,
if we let them go down in defeat, oh there has to be a way that we can save,
those living in the land of the free and the homeless of “The Brave.”
 
Rose wrote most of the song and finished
it on the way to a Veteran’s Day performance in Manistee.  Rose
performed the song with Missy Armstrong, DETOUR”s lead singer that
evening to an enthusiastic, lengthy standing ovation.  Based on that
response and the ongoing feedback that Detour has received around the
song they decided to seek a partnership with Goodwill to do whatever
they can to assist homeless veterans.   Rose noted that “I find it totally unfathomable that this situation exists in America, with all of the abundance that we enjoy”.
 
Michigan “bluegrass powerhouse” DETOUR has two songs from their current album, A BETTER PLACE, in the top ten  on the national bluegrass charts and is targeting airplay for the “Homeless Of The Brave” across the country with the goal of helping to raise even more awareness and funds.  A BETTER PLACE
is available online at Elderly.com, Countysales.com and CDBaby.com.  
Downloads of the song may be purchased through iTunes, Amazon and other
online retail outlets.
 
The needs of homeless veterans are
significant.  Frequently, veterans have experienced horrific scenarios
in war zones, resulting in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). These
challenges often lead to substance abuse issues.  Sometime the skills
learned while in active duty do not necessarily easily translate into
the civilian workforce.  However, these men have learned many other very
employable leadership skills – they just need our help. Each of
these factors can contribute to homelessness, and studies have shown
that veterans overcome such obstacles in an environment of their peers.
 
Goodwill’s Patriot Place helps homeless veterans:
– cope with mental disabilities such as PTSD
– overcome substance abuse issues
– secure income through employment or VA and/or Social Security/Disability benefits
– find permanent housing.
 
To learn more about the song “Homeless of the Brave” visit Detour Bluegrass  or www.goodwillnmi.org/vets

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