Veterans Wanted to Star in New Musical Reality Show to Raise Awareness for PTSD

Posted by Kelli McKinney

Auditions Open Through 8/31 

rock star croppedIf you have served in the Middle East, can carry a tune and live in the Delaware Valley area, you may be what producer Steve Holtzman is looking for.

Steve Holtzman is a seasoned reality tv producer, and Lou Faiola, of the Cherry Hill School of Rock, are collaborating on a new web-based reality show that will feature twelve musically gifted veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom. The dozen talented men or women will form three rock bands and perform a Veterans Day concert.

Proceeds from all sponsorships, donations and ticket sales will benefit a non-profit organization called Give an Hour, based in Bethesda, MD. Give an Hour offers free mental health services to veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families.

According to an article on Westminster Patch, Holtzman was inspired to develop the show in part by his daughter’s transformation after attending the Cherry Hill School of Rock. He says his twelve-year-old has blossomed from a shy adolescent to a rocking lead singer in the Cherry Hill house band. And he doesn’t think tweens are the only people who can benefit from a musical experience. Holtzman believes the power of music can help make a positive impact on military vets suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

A review of the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder reveals that between 11-20% of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans suffer from PTSD. These “invisible wounds” can have a profound impact on veterans’ adjustment to civilian life as well as to their families and loved ones.

Although no one will be kicked off any island or booted from any kitchen on this program, there will be plenty of excitement and drama in the 10-episode series. Viewers will follow the bands as from the first time they meet until the season finale: a benefit concert at World Café Live on Veterans’ Day. Part of their journey will include surprise challenges, cameo appearances and advice from celebrity musicians, and guidance from professional stylists and sound engineers. A prize package awaits the winning band, but every musician will be a part of something special: knowing they have helped those who served.

The first episode in the series airs Sept. 13 on the show’s website. The season finale will be a benefit concert at World Cafe Live on Veterans’ Day. If you think you have what it takes to compete on the show, or want to find out how you can help make a difference in a veterans’ life, check out the Bands of Brothers website.


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