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Jemez Springs event to raise funds for veterans

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By Tris DeRoma

Fun, food and music will take over Jemez Springs Saturday, as 11 bands will help the community raise funds to help homeless veterans.

The event is sponsored by Homeless Veterans No Mas, an organization started by local radio personality Dotie Brown, Larry Waisner, Don Conger and others.

The concerts, which cost $5 for adults and $2 for children, will raise money to support the Fisher House Organization.

The organization’s goal is to raise money for Fisher house, an organization that provides nearby housing for families who have veterans hospitalized at a Veteran’s Administration hospital.

Homeless Veterans No Mas is trying to raise $25,000 to help get a “Fisher House” built near the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque.

The concerts will be on two stages, the main one, which will feature acts at the Jemez Valley Community Center, and the other stage, which will feature more acoustic acts at the town’s gazebo.

Homeless Veterans No Mas started in earnest over an experience Waisner had with a friend, who also happened to be a veteran. While Waisner kept up with his friend through the years, there came a day when someone contacted him to tell him that his friend had died of exposure.

“He had died because he was homeless,” Brown said.

Brown who has a radio program called Defenders of Freedom Radio, was contacted by Waisner, and the rest is history.

“I feel strongly about helping them, helping our veterans in the great state of New Mexico by doing anything and everything we can to forward the cause and the vision,” Brown said. “...we hope in a small way, with our first-annual music event in Jemez Springs we’ll make a difference for us here in the state of New Mexico.”
Brown also thanked the musical acts that came forward to play Saturday.

“We’re very fortunate, we’re very glad, and very happy that people stepped forward to support the veterans with their music,” Brown said.

The event kicks off at 11 a.m. with the National Anthem, followed by the State Road 4 Band. Then, it’s a different local band every hour, with the last band taking the stage at 7 p.m.

There is also a $2 parking fee and t-shirts will also be on sale at the event.

To learn more about Fisher House, log onto fisherhouse.org. To learn more about Homeless Veterans No Mas, log onto hvnomas.com. To find their Fisher House project, go to gofundme.com and type “homeless veterans no mas” into the search engine.