Veterans Day 2009
"Before You Go" to be Performed at the Vietnam War Memorial
Dr. Sam and John Melnick have been invited to Perform "Before You Go" for National Celebration of Veteran's Day, 2009 at the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington, DC.
With the massive response and support for spreading "Before You Go's" message of thanks to our aging veterans (now more than 25 Million downloads), the song's authors Dr. Sam Bierstock and John Melnick have received the honor of being asked to perform their song on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2009 in Washington DC at the Vietnam War Memorial Wall. "John and I consider this to be an enormous honor", Dr. Sam says proudly. "We have actually lost the ability to track how many times our song has been played, but we know that even after 4 years, it is played between 1,500 and as many as 40,000 times every day. As we lose more and more of our WWII, and Korean War veterans to age and time, we are enormously proud to know that our message has reached so many of them and their families. We have taken special pride in our new release dedicated to the veterans of Vietnam and see it as a counter-balance to the painful reception so many of them returned to after putting their lives on the line for our country."
"Before You Go" Supports Today's Returning Veterans of the War on Terror
We are often asked if Dr. Sam and John Melnick plan a second song in tribute to the veterans of current conflicts. The "Before You Go" project now has a formal affiliation with "Veterans Helping Today's Returning Heroes", designed to directly benefit our returning heroes.
At the insistence of the authors, "Before You Go" continues to be made available for free listening and viewing in it's entirety on the internet. In early 2009, Dr. Sam was invited to join the Board of Directors of Veterans Helping Today's Returning Heroes, (VHH) a charitable 501(c)3 organization providing support dogs and guide dogs to wounded, blinded and disabled veterans returning from the global war on terror. These dogs cost between $35,000.00 and $50,000.00 to raise and train, and are not funded by the government. To date, VHH has raised over $2,000,000.00 toward this worthy cause which allows our veterans disabled in war to enhance their quality of life with honor and the companionship of one of these wonderful dogs, each of which is trained to support the specific disability of each wounded veteran.
A portion of all proceeds from Dr. Sam's performances, speaking engagements, and the sales of "Before You Go" products CDs, DVDs, T-Shirts, Bumper Stickers (Thank an Aging Veteran) and Dr. Sam's book, "Unsung No More" will be donated directly to "Veterans Helping Today's Returning Heroes" .
Irwin Stovroff and Cash to Appear on the Bonnie Hunt Show
Tune in to the "Bonnie Hunt Show" on Veteran's Day, November 11th 2009 for an appearance by Irwin Stovroff, founder of "Veterans Helping Today's Returning Heroes" with service dog Cash. NOTE: This event has passed but we have the video. Check it out on the Vets Helping Heroes website. You can also see video of Tony Larson, a wounded veteran who talks about and demonstrates how his assistance dog has helped him.
Thanks Received from President George H.W. Bush
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Make Your Own DVD with "Before You Go"
Now you can make your own personalized tribute to a veteran family member, friend, group or community. Visit www.BeforeYouGo.us for a free demonstration.
"Before You Go" - September 2009 Newsletter (updated 11/20/09 to include video links)