A traditional fly-over, the Sousa marches and the U.S. Marine color guard have long been traditions at Music in the Mountains’ annual July 3 patriotic pops concert at the Nevada County Fairgrounds.
Tonight, MIM adds a new partner with Welcome Home Vets, a nonprofit organization that was formed for the purpose of allowing veterans in western Nevada, eastern Yuba and Sierra counties to receive psychological services closer to the communities in which they live.
“We have over 11,000 veterans in Nevada County. Once veterans have received a disability rating, they have been forced to leave the county in order to seek services for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder),” said Gary Brown, the organization’s executive director. “We needed something locally where we can outreach to those veterans and their families that need help.”
Through Welcome Home Vets, there are now two therapists that have specialized training in PTSD, its effects on the family, and most importantly, military culture.
“It is often difficult for veterans to seek treatment because some of the symptoms of PTSD may be denial and avoidance,” said Brown.
Research has also shown the harmful impact of PTSD on families. Veterans have more marital problems and family violence.
Their partners have more distress. Their children have more behavior problems than do those of veterans without PTSD.
“Currently, we are serving 36 veterans and 20 of their family members,” said Brown, ”and there are a lot more that we could serve as we work towards expanding outreach and the program.”
“MIM is honored to work with Welcome Home Vets in expanding the awareness of PTSD and its harmful effects on families, if untreated,” said MIM Executive Director Cristine Kelly.
“It’s a terrific organization and an important social issue. Since there are a lot of veterans at the concert, we thought it was an appropriate platform.”
A percentage of the proceeds of tonight’s concert will be donated to Welcome Home Vets, and Brown will be available at the concert to answer questions about the organization and its programs.
Advance tickets are $20 and are available at the MIM box office, SPD Market, the BriarPatch Co-op, and at Tri-Counties Bank in Penn Valley, or $25 at the gate. Children younger than 17 are free.
For more information, visit www.musicinthemountains.org.
“We needed something locally where we can outreach to those veterans and their families that need help.”
— Gary Brown,
Welcome Home Vets executive director