by Jeremy Couso
According to statistics 22 United States military veterans commit suicide every day. That is neither exaggeration, nor hyperbole or political rhetoric. 22 men and women who fought for our country are killing themselves. Every. Single. Day. That is 8,000 men and women every year. The horrifying numbers get even worse when you consider that several states, including California, Texas and Alaska, do not report veteran suicides.
This week, as the Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance makes its way to Susanville and the Lassen County Fairgrounds, organizers of the event have planned a special concert to raise awareness of the frightening statistics. The #stop22tour was originally created by three veteran singer/songwriters; Stephen Cochran, USMC; Sam Tate, U.S. Army and Daniel Dean, USMC, who travel throughout the country working to shine a light on the tragic problem through musical performances.
Stephen Cochran is a veteran of the Global War on Terror and is known mostly for his hits Friday Night Fireside, Walmart Flowers and Gasoline On A Goodbye. Cochran was named spokesperson for Department of Veteran Affairs in 2009.
Sam Tate is a Vietnam Veteran and Grammy Nominated Songwriter who has written more than 21 hit songs for artists such as Reba McEntire, Sammy Kershaw, Rodney Adkins, Emerson Drive, Chely Wright and others.
Daniel Dean is participating in a Warrior Hike on the Appalachian Trail this year, and so a young Marine, Tyler Jay Satterfield will take his spot accompanying Cochran and Tate. Satterfield, a veteran of Global War on Terror, is nationally known for his hit The EAS Song.
The special concert will be held Sunday, July 3rd at 7:00p.m., at the Lassen County Fairgrounds. Performances are acoustic and will feature the stories behind the songs. The concert is free to the public but organizers will be accepting a $5 donation.
Audience members are encouraged to bring camp chairs and blankets for festival seating on grass.
Lassen County is not only hosting the first California concert for the #stop22tour, but this is also the first time that the show has been at The Wall of Remembrance.