VA hosts even to support returning troops

By: Cole Miller

It's an even started by veterans for veterans. They're hoping to see a big turnout while showing people what the VA office is doing to support returning troops.

There's going to be plenty of music, food and good company out at the VA on Saturday. It's an all-day event to give thanks to the men and women who have served our country.

Putting the final touches on the plaque, it's just one of the many steps to prepare for the Veteran's Freedom Music Festival, and while the VA campus here in Lincoln might be quiet Friday night, that'll soon change.

It's an even Dr. Christie Emler says was created by veterans, for veterans. “They wanted to reach out to new vets and have them come to the campus and see that it's an approachable, wonderful place that can serve their needs,” said Dr. Emler.

Vietnam vet, Larry Brown, says the even should help connect the men and women who have fought for our freedom.

“It's nice to be able to participate in this. You get a chance to see the veterans come out, meet each other, take advantage of the various things that are available to them. It's just nice to have a bunch of veterans together on a very nice day and enjoy is,” said Brown.

Not only will eight different bands perform this year, there will also be booths for veterans to learn more about services geared towards them, and with a crowd of more than 1,000 expected, Emler says it's sure to be a good time for everyone.

“We're really looking forward to having the community come out and the veterans to have a chance to say thank you, and look at what we have to offer, come enjoy!,” he said.

The event is open to everyone and gates open Saturday morning at 9. The campus is located near 70th and “O” Street just across form Saint E's.