Salute to First Responders


The Veterans National Entertainment Workshop

Friday, 11 September 2020

In observance of Patriot Day, The American Legion Ronald Reagan-Palisades Post 283 and The Veterans National Entertainment Workshop honor the heroes on the front lines of the pandemic with a free online concert “Salute to First Responders”.

This online concert will honor first responders, U.S. military veterans, active duty and essential workers for their selflessness and their commitment to helping those in critical need during the pandemic. A diverse cast of nurses, doctors, paramedics, police, firefighters and veterans will sing songs and play music that inspires them during these difficult times. The concert will also spotlight The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Band, The National Virtual Medical Orchestra, composer Jimmy Dunne and singer Annie Bosko.  The show will be hosted by comedian, BJ Lange (U.S.A.F. Medic/Retired) and will feature special salutes from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla; LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis (First District); Rudy Ortega, Jr. Tribal President and Mark Villaseñor, Tribal Vice President of the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, Actor/Impressionist/Author Rich Little and Actress/Activist/Author Loretta Swit from the television show M*A*S*H.  

Friday, September 11, 2020

Previews begin at 10 am Pacific Time

Full concert premieres at 7 pm Pacific Time

Take a front-row seat and watch on the Veterans National Entertainment Workshop website and the American Legion Ronald Reagan-Palisades Post 283 website.

Concert links will also be posted on:

American Legion Ronald Reagan-Palisades Post 283 Facebook page

VNEW Facebook page 


Our "Salute to First Responders" will remain online for viewing after the premiere date

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The Veterans National Entertainment Workshop

We hope everyone and their families are well and safe during this COVID-19 pandemic. For veterans, especially those living alone or without support systems, these are difficult times filled with anxiety and stress. Necessities, healthcare and housing are critical. And activities we can do on our own - like playing music and singing songs - are more important than ever for personal well-being. Songs give us solace, thought and pleasure. Music takes us to places we can’t go now. And it brings us together even if we have to stay apart.

On this Memorial Day weekend 2020, we honor our military heroes. To keep the music going we’d like to share the video of our 2019 U.S. VETERANS CONCERT starting on Saturday, May 23, 2020. View the trailer here.

We look forward to the time when we can all gather together again. We are making plans for our next concert for mid 2021. The music must go on!

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The Veterans National Entertainment Workshop

2019 DATE ANNOUNCED - November 9, 2019

The Veterans National Entertainment Workshop sponsored American veterans suffering from PTSD, alcoholism, homelessness and family separation to a music workshop, giving them the opportunity to tell their stories through their music and song.  We gave them the opportunity to work with music professionals to polish their craft and to find community among other veterans and musicians.

VNEW’s 2019 Concert will take place on Saturday afternoon, November 9, 2019 and feature a diverse and talented group of veteran singers and musicians. Stay tuned for details.

The Veterans National Entertainment Workshop is a nonprofit 501c3 organization. The concert is part of VNEW’s mission to help veterans reintegrate into daily life and bring song, laughter, positive introspection to those who have served our country.

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