MTV & CNN Join Forces For Veterans

October 17, 2008

On October 24th, MTV will host a concert billed as “A Night For Vets: An MTV Concert for the BRAVE.” The concert will air on MTV at 8pm Eastern time. The shows name comes is the acronym for a petition that MTV and several veteran’s organizations created called the Bill of Rights for American Veterans (BRAVE). The next night, on October 25th, CNN will host a special Anderson Cooper 360 that’s entitled “Back from Battle” which will focus on the stories of several young veterans after they return from the combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq.

“It doesn’t matter where you stand on the war, we can all agree that young veterans serving our country must receive the benefits they’ve earned for their sacrifices,” said Van Toffler, president of MTV Networks. “We aim to elevate these issues and ensure they’re a top priority for our government officials.”1

I think this is a great thing they’re doing to support our Veterans and Troops. The only thing I would probably word differently then they are, is the fact that not all of our veterans are “young,” with many of them having served 10 or more years in the military. Shouldn’t we focus on all our veterans, instead of singleing out just the young ones?

Many of today’s popular artists will participate in the concert, either with live performances, taped performances or taped appearances. Those artists include, 50 Cent, Ludicris, Saving Abel, Kayne West, Kid Rock, Fall Out Boy, Angels and Airwaves, Nelly, Juanes, Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Hudson and John Legend, as well as others not mentioned.

If you’re unable to tune in on your television set to watch the concert, MTV will also be showing the concert online. In the audience, will be young veterans and their families.

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