Kevin and Michael Bacon, The Bacon Brothers band, will perform in Washington, D.C. March 22 at a "Stand For The Troops" fundraiser for the prevention and treatment of traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder among U.S. military forces.
Former "SNL" comic Jim Breuer and musicians The Bucky Pizzarelli & Ed Laub Guitar Duo, Buskin & Batteau, and Tom Prasada-Rao, will also perform at the benefit for the non-profit, non-political, non-partisan foundation Stand For The Troops (SFTT).
For 15 years, Stand For The Troops, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, apolitical, educational foundation based in Greenwich, Conn. has been "dedicated to getting our frontline troops the best available leadership, equipment and training."
The Purple Heart will be presented to Major Ben Richards U.S. Army (Ret.) "for dozens of blasts, suicide car bombers, and exploding IED’s underneath vehicles sustained while leading his Stryker Cavalry troop on missions in Iraq," SFTT said in a statement.
Kevin Bacon starred in "Taking Chance" as Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort officer who accompanies the body of 19-year-old Marine Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps back to his hometown of Dubois, Wyo. The 2009 HBO film was based on the journal of Strobl, who co-wrote the screenplay.
That was just the latest of several military roles.
- In "Frost/Nixon", Kevin Bacon portrayed Nixon's military aide Jack Brennan. After President Nixon resigned, Brennan resigned his commission in the Marines -- he had earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart during the Vietnam War -- and became Nixon's chief of staff. Brennan was the ex-President's chief negotiator for the famed David Frost/Richard Nixon interviews, the basis of this movie and play.
- In "A Few Good Men", Bacon played Marine Capt. Jack Ross, a prosecuting attorney in the court martial of two Marines accused of murdering another in their unit.
- In "Apollo 13", Bacon played NASA astronaut Jack Swigert, who had served with the Air Force and with the Air National Guard in Massachusetts and in Connecticut.
Stand For The Troops urges: do not allow post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury to become "the legacy" of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
For more info and tickets: "Stand For The Troops" fundraiser, http://sftt.org/news/kevin-michael-bacon-stand-for-the-troops-on-march-22-in-washington-dc/, March 22, 7 P.M., Lisner Auditorium, The George Washington University, 730 21st Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. Tickets online, http://bit.ly/sftt_dc, or 202-994-6800. General admission tickets are $35 and $62, with discounted $26 tickets for veterans and for D.C.-area college students. VIP Seating is $125 with an option to purchase a VIP pass for a "Meet and Greet After Party with the Performers" for $30, available in the Lisner Auditorium lobby on the day of the concert on a first come, first served basis.