The new band “Got Your Six” is throwing a Christmas party Dec. 22 at the Oregon Veterans’ Home that will include a buffet and holiday music, all at no charge.
“We are rolling now and just decided to do something fun,” said Chris Mumford, founder of the group that will be raising money to support military families.
He said there is no admission or cost for dinner at the event from 6 to 9 p.m. on at the facility in The Dalles, 700 Veterans Drive.
“What we are hoping is that people will bring snack or hygiene items that we can send to our guys and gals in the field,” said Mumford, drummer for the band that is named for the military term that means “Got Your Back.”
Food and toiletries for the troops should be individually packaged.
People wanting to contribute, but not planning to go to the concert, can drop items at Griffith Motors in The Dalles, 1900 West Sixth Street.
Mumford said “Got Your Six,” a seven-member group, will play a variety of music for the holiday party.
“We’re rolling now,” he said of the band, which made its debut appearance at two events on Veterans’ Day.
He put out a call for musicians in July after deciding that he would like to use his skills to raise money for care of veterans and active-duty military personnel. Answering that call was vocalist Lydonna Marks and musicians Bob Fisher, Dan Sines, David Rice, Vernon Pound and Paul Viemiester.
They, like Mumford, want to ensure that soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have the care they need after returning from war.
Mumford said the band is deeply concerned that, on average, 22 veterans across the nation commit suicide every day because they can’t cope with the aftermath of war.
The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which is affiliated with the U.S. Deparatment of Veterans Affairs, reports the followed PTSD numbers for different war eras:
• About 15 out of every 100 Vietnam veterans have been diagnosed with chronic PTSD and about 30 percent have experienced the disorder after going into combat.
• Twelve out of every 100 Gulf War veterans struggle with PTSD-related issues.
• Between 11 and 20 out of every 100 veterans from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom experience PTSD.
“We want to make sure our local veterans are getting the care they need,” said Mumford, who served in the Army.
He can be reached for more information at 541-980-1911.