WASHINGTON (AP) — Military veterans and those on active duty are packing Washington’s National Mall for a free concert to raise awareness for issues affecting veterans.
Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna, Eminem and Metallica are among the headliners for Tuesday’s first-of-its-kind Concert for Valor. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend, making it one of the biggest events of the year on the Mall.
The Veterans Day concert was spearheaded by Starbucks president Howard Schultz. While tickets were free, organizers are hoping to direct fans to ways they can volunteer or donate money to causes helping war veterans.
Sixty-five-year-old Vietnam veteran Bobby Monk of Washington says he appreciates the gesture. He says the concert is the first time since he returned from the war that he’s “felt honored to be back home.”