Joe Walsh's charity, VetsAid, announced the disbursement of $795,000 in grants to veterans services organizations with money raised from their second annual concert event, which took place on Veterans Day (November 11th) 2018 at Tacoma, Washington's Tacoma Dome. The show featured Walsh, joined by fellow Eagle Don Henley, brother-in-law Ringo Starr, James Taylor, Chris Stapleton, and Haim. Walsh launched his national 501(c)3 non-profit veterans organization on September 20th, 2017 with an inaugural concert at Fairfax, Virginia's EagleBank Arena. The 2017 VetsAid concert was an immediate success leading to the disbursement of $360,000 in grants.
Joe Walsh told us about the realities of being part of a Gold Star family: “I'm actually a Gold Star kid. My dad was actually killed in the Army Air Corps. I was born in '47, he was killed in '49, and so I kinda grew up without a dad. I eventually got a stepdad, who I love and who's always had my back. But, my first six years of being alive I was dad-less. I always wondered what he was like and I alw. . . Y'know, I didn't have anybody to play catch with or any kind of father figure until my stepfather came along.”
VetsAid 2019 is already set for November 10th, 2019 in Houston, Texas.