Then-Sgt. Rico Roman, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, receives a visit from legendary musician Stevie Nicks while recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in April 2007. Rico was riding in a humvee in the region of Sadr al-Yusufiya, Iraq, when it struck an improvised explosive device. Both of Roman’s legs were injured in the blast. After a year of therapy and rehabilitation, Roman made the hard decision to have his left leg amputated above the knee. (Photo courtesy of Rico Roman) - See more at: SOLDIERS
John Mellencamp, Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty Support New Campaign to House Homeless Veterans
More than a dozen celebrities, including rock legends John Mellencamp, Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty and ZZ Top's Dusty Hill, are taking part in a new campaign to raise awareness about the plight of homeless U.S. military veterans. The initiative, organized in conjunction with the Ohio-based Veterans Matter program, seeks to raise money to help vets find a place to live.
The artists have recorded audio and video spots asking for donations by visiting VeteransMatter.org, or by texting "VETS" to 41444.
So far, Veterans Matter has helped find housing for more than 230 veterans and/or their family members in six states. The program's goal is to house 1,000 more by the end of the year.
"There are still 60,000 more veterans out on the street that need your help," Mellencamp says in his testimonial. "Help get the word out and share this on all your social media. Veterans matter. We must take care of our own."
For her part, Nicks says, "Thousands of veterans are homeless and living on the streets of our nation tonight. Streets where they're being beaten, robbed, killed. Let's take care of our own. Please join me in housing 1,000 veterans as fast as possible."
Other stars who have contributed messages to the initiative include Kid Rock, author Mitch Albom, and country artists Kix Brooks, Darius Rucker, Darryl Worley, Emerson Drive, and Jennifer Nettles.