NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University will host a benefit concert with Vermont native and Nashville-based country musician Jamie Lee Thurston to support Northfield’s The Veterans’ Place Inc. at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in Plumley Armory during Veterans’ Day weekend.

Advance tickets can be purchased for $25 at until Nov. 3 or at the door for $30 the night of the concert.

Join Norwich University students for an amazing concert to entertain and support our veterans. All proceeds from the benefit concert go to The Veterans’ Place Inc., a community-based, nonprofit, 26-bed, substance-free, transitional housing program.

Jamie Lee Thurston has recorded nine studio albums and tours regularly. According to his website: “His talent has taken him through the Nashville music industry and label machine at Warner Brothers, where he turned out singles for Montgomery Gentry, Rodney Atkins and Trace Adkins, including Rodney’s chart-topping fan favorite, ‘15 Minutes.’ And he’s shared stages with country music’s biggest acts, such as the Waylon Jennings, Roger Miller, the Dixie Chicks, Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley, Billy Currington and Charlie Daniels.”

“To me, the real-life heroes of our country, are in our military,” Thurston said. “Whether they are deployed or not, they sign that contract, and put their life on the line if needed. That’s an incredible, and brave thing in my eyes. War is not a pretty thing. As one vet told me: ‘When you see people reduced to stains on the ground, it kinda sticks with you.’ As he said that, you could see in his eyes, that he was re-living that moment again. I can’t imagine what it’s like to live with that.” 

The concert is organized by The Veterans’ Place and the Norwich University student group that conducts the Annual Legacy March to support it. Both the Legacy March fundraiser and The Veterans’ Place Inc., are celebrating 10th anniversaries this year, in Norwich’s bicentennial year. Thurston, who keeps close ties with Vermont, is passionate about supporting veterans and has been a supporter of the Legacy March and The Veterans’ Place Inc.

“What Karen Boyce at The Veterans’ Place does to help those vets with PTSD and TBI try and get their life back, is a lesson in something truly amazing,” Thurston added. “To me, she is a real life earth angel, and is one of the most giving people I have ever met. Both of her sons are veterans, so she knows all about the sacrifice and the challenges they face. To be any part of helping our vets in an incredible honor to me. And for the rest of the country, as Americans, we owe it to them to give them as much support as we can. They are after all, why we are free.”

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Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

Norwich University celebrates its bicentennial throughout 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation. For information please go to:

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