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Salem VA sponsoring free concert for vets

SALEM – Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) and Salem VA Medical Center will salute area veterans Tuesday, Feb. 12, with a free concert at the Salem Civic Center.

Country music artist Daryle Singletary will perform a 7 p.m. concert that is part of the weeklong 2013 National Salute to Veterans celebration.

“We are very excited to again host one of the national concerts in our area for veterans residing in Southwest Virginia.  Last year was overwhelmingly successful, with over 4,500 in attendance, and we look forward to another great event this February,” said medical center Director Dr. Miguel LaPuz.

He added, “This complimentary concert honors the men and women who have bravely served our nation.”

It also pays tribute to Gold Star families who lost a loved one in service, welcomes veterans home, and promotes volunteerism at VA medical centers and outpatient clinics throughout the country.

Singletary stays true to his childhood roots in rural Georgia with his latest release, “Rockin’ in the Country,” and past releases such as “I’m Living Up to Her Low Expectations,” “Amen Kind of Love,” “I Let Her Lie,” “The Note,” “Background Noise” and “She’s a Woman.”

Tickets for veterans and their families are available at the Salem Civic Center Box Office through Jan. 18, with a limit of six tickets per veteran.

Tickets for the general public will be released Jan. 18, with a limit of four tickets per person.

Tickets are required for admission and must be obtained prior to the concert.  Doors open at 6 p.m.

LaPuz points out that the concert is complimentary “as the price of the ticket has already been paid by the men and women who have served our nation.”