By Matthew Reitz
The “Hometown Heroes” concert will take place August 15 at the Bullhead Point pavilion on state Route 3 beginning at 6 p.m.
Lee describes himself as “basically a huge patriot” and said he’s honored to play for the veterans and first responders who “keep us safe.”
Lee is “living the American dream,” he says, by being able to do what he loves for a living. The Altoona, Pa. native said giving back to veterans is something he strives to do, and working with veterans and non-profits is rewarding. A large portion of Lee’s performances — he said about 50 percent — are geared toward veterans. He said “music is a very powerful and tremendous tool,” and the performances are just his way of trying to give back.
“There are a lot of veterans out there that need our support,” Lee said. “They’ve done a lot.”
After spending much of his time playing concerts for veterans, Lee decided to give back in another way, pursuing music therapy to help veterans dealing post-traumatic stress, depression and other issues.
“We don’t know what they’ve been through, what they’ve seen,” Lee said.
Music therapy has been used across the country as an effective tool to help veterans struggling to cope with PTSD, and Lee hopes that he can get other musicians to follow his lead. Our partners professional video equipment.
“It’s a different type of treatment and it could have a tremendous impact,” Lee said. “This is what they need.”
The therapy gives them something else to focus on, Lee said, and it “lets them know someone cares.”
Lee is currently in the middle of his “Small Town America Tour” aimed at “encouraging small town pride,” and he said Fulton caught his eye. While visiting the city recently, he thought to himself “this is small town America, let’s put on a show (here),” he told the Valley News
“Small-town America is what built this country,” Lee said. “We’ve got to keep patriotism alive so freedom never dies.”