Area performers lend voices for PTSD benefit

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Several performing groups lent their voices Tuesday night to help a national effort to stop veterans with PTSD from committing suicide.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars is partnering with Warfighter Advance to raise money to give those who serve our country a chance at a high quality of life.

Holmen High School’s concert choir, G-E-T’s Vocal Point and West Salem High School Vivace offered performances along with a nationally-renowned singing quartet of veterans and active-duty Army individuals called Voices of Service.

Warfighter Advance’s chairman served and lost his best friend to suicide. He said veterans deserve help from the people they protect.

“It’s less than one-half of a percent of our population serves–that protects all of our freedoms,” said chairman Jim Crigler. “We owe it to them. We owe them a debt of gratitude and we owe it to them to help them live a high quality of life.”

Crigler said the fundraising goal is $400,000. As of Monday night he reported $263,000 had been raised.

The benefit’s proceeds will be split 50/50 between the Wisconsin Department of VFW and Warfighter Advance and go directly toward PTSD programs.