VNEW has started its first musical instrument teaching workshop – “Beginning Ukulele” – a free three-month introductory class for veterans to learn how to play the ukulele. VNEW gave 13 free ukuleles and tuners to the workshop members to keep and practice, and the workshop is being taught via Zoom online by expert ukulele teacher, Melanie Kareem.
Members of the workshop have told us how learning to play the ukulele has helped them focus, cope with PTSD and fulfill their dreams to play a musical instrument. One of the veterans is playing with his two young sons enjoying great family time together.
Watch the VNEW website for announcements of additional music workshops. VNEW thanks two generous donors from Hawaii and The American Legion Ronald Reagan Palisades Post 283 for their support of this workshop. If you would like to support a veteran with a ukulele for an upcoming workshop please click here to donate. The veterans and we will appreciate your gift of music!
In observance of Veterans Day, The Veterans National Entertainment Workshop and the Battleship Iowa honor veterans - living and deceased - for their service and sacrifices with a FREE ONLINE CONCERT featuring veterans and active military performing songs of unity, togetherness and friendship.
In these difficult pandemic times with social and economic hardship, we hold to the values of service and support, the power of unity, and the legacy of “working together” that have made this country strong. What better way to come together than joining in rousing, inspiring music performed by our veterans. Songs will include popular rock, folk, and pop covers by the Beatles, Andrew Gold, Matisyahu and more. The concert also features world-renowned soprano Renée Fleming.
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In observance of Patriot Day, The American Legion Ronald Reagan-Palisades Post 283 and The Veterans National Entertainment Workshop honor the heroes on the front lines of the pandemic with a special concert featuring first responders U.S. military veterans & active duty personnel and essential workers performing original and popular songs.
The concert features Special Salutes from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; California Secretary of State Alex Padilla; LA County Supervisor 1st District Hilda Solis; Rudy Ortega, Jr., Tribal President and Mark Villaseñor, Vice President, Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians; Rich Little and Loretta Swit from the television show M*A*S*H.
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Featuring U.S. Military Veteran singers and musicians performing their own original songs and popular favorites. Rock, country, folk and pop standards - all sung from the heart!
The Veterans National Entertainment Workshop - vnew.org - is a nonprofit 501c3 organization supporting U.S. military veterans cope with PTSD, homelessness, substance abuse and other challenges through music. In these difficult times, please support the veterans and keep the music going! Click here to donate.
Help veterans cope with PTSD, homelessness, substance abuse and other challenges through music.
Help veterans find their voices performing their own original songs.
Help veterans network with music industry professionals and find community with other veterans and the public.
Provide veterans with opportunities to work backstage at performances and help with events.
Serve as a referral for veterans and families that need help finding health and mental services; housing; education; jobs and job training.