By LANDON WOODROOF
Music fans will have the chance to enjoy an evening out for the benefit of a good cause next week, thanks to the Joshua Chamberlain Society.
The JCS supports wounded combat veterans and the children of veterans who were killed in action. The charity has two chapters, a St. Louis one and a Nashville one, which is actually based in Brentwood.
On Thursday, April 5, the JCS will be holding its fourth annual Concert Benefiting Local Combat Injured Heroes at the Franklin Theatre. Country singer Irlene Mandrell, of the Mandrell Sisters, will perform.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range in price from $40 to $125 and can be purchased either by calling 615-538-2076 or via the Franklin Theatre website.
The JCS operates a little differently than most charities. It “adopts” wounded veterans or the children of fallen soldiers and supports them in various ways for life.
“We feel their wounds are going to be with them the rest of their lives so we’re going to stay with them the rest of their lives,” Don Ross, President of the Joshua Chamberlain Society of Nashville, said in a previous Brentwood Home Page article.
The Nashville chapter has adopted six soldiers so far, helping them with a variety of different expenses. Those expenses include the cost of adding on a handicap accessible room to a wounded soldier’s house and installing a chair lift in the home of another wounded veteran.
The JSC’s Nashville chapter just added its most recent veteran in February.
Sgt. First Class Ofren Arrechaga first joined the United States Army in 2001. He married his wife, Seana, in 2007, just before his third deployment to Iraq. Ofren and Seana had a son, Alston, while Ofren was home for R&R in 2008.
He went back to Iraq after Alston’s birth, returned home and then was deployed again, this time to Afghanistan in 2010. It was to be his last deployment. Ofren was killed in action in March 2011.
Alston is nearly 10 years old now, and the JCS has set up a 529 plan to help pay for his college.
The JCS has an all-volunteer board and all of the funds it raises go to its “adopted” soldiers.