Hey Guys! I was very excited when Craig Newmark invited me to blog about my involvement with our country’s veterans. As you may remember, I recently teamed up with the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund to help raise money for wounded service people and their families. Over the past decade, the IFHF has raised over $100 million for wounded and deceased veterans and their families. I feel very lucky to be able to support a non-profit that is so committed to aiding the men and women who serve our country!
The folks at the IFHF introduced me to Craig, who is currently leading efforts to raise funds for the IFHF and other non-profits that support our soldiers and their families. It’s an honor to be a part these efforts, so thanks for asking me to blog, Craig! My interest and passion for supporting our heroes was sparked by the many conversations I’ve had with my fans at shows. I often hear about a son or daughter that is currently stationed overseas, or about a family member that they have lost. It breaks my heart when I hear these stories. The sympathy I felt for these unfortunate families inspired me to record my new single, “One More Soldier Coming Home,” and to donate all of its proceeds to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The release of this song has brought me even closer to those who have been impacted by these wars and I am grateful to be able to speak to them through this song.
Last Thursday, I was invited to perform “One More Soldier Coming Home” at the inaugural Veterans on Wall Street fundraiser. The event raised money for several charities that work with veterans, one of which was the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, and was held on the Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum in New York City.
I think events like Veterans on Wall Street Fundraiser are a great start, and I’m really happy to see major banks come together to support this country’s heroes. The question I have is, “what’s next?” What else can we do and how can we get more major banks and corporations to work together to raise money for our veterans? I don’t have the answers to these questions, but hopefully someone out there does. Regardless of your feelings on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, I think we can all agree that its consequences are often devastating for the soldiers out there on the frontline. We have the opportunity to ease their hardships so let’s all come together to support the men and women who serve our country. Okay, I’ll get off the soap box now. Thanks for listening and I’ll be in touch soon.
Eddie Money is a former New York City Police Officer turned singer-songwriter and saxophonist who has been recording music for more than 35 years and has sold more than 28 million records.