Hit Nashville songwriters raise $550,000 for veteran-run nonprofit

A night full of music, friends and philanthropy saw award-winning songwriters Brett James, Chris DeStefano and Jon Nite raise money to benefit Aerial recoverya Nashville-based non-profit disaster relief and anti-human trafficking organization.

Honoring Veterans: An Evening with Brett James and Friends raised approximately $550,000 for the organization. The money will go towards Aerial Recovery’s work in responding to international and domestic disasters, ending human trafficking, as well as benefiting their Heal the Heroes initiative in which they offer veterans the opportunity to translate their military skills in the humanitarian space.

“We are reassigning military veterans primarily from the special forces community,” Aerial Recovery co-founder and CEO Britnie Turner said in a statement. “We take these operators and we respond to some of the most critical missions anywhere in the world and provide life-saving assistance to people in their hour of greatest need. Veterans and first responders are incredibly effective in the humanitarian space.

“We prescribe a goal, not pills,” said Jeremy Locke, another of the nonprofits’ co-founders, chief operating officer and retired Green Beret. “We heal through service to others.”

Since its inception, the organization has responded to numerous disasters, providing relief from hurricanes and tornadoes, volcanoes and earthquakes, and other natural and man-made disasters around the world. Besides the United States, Aerial Recovery has helped heal countries like Haiti, Honduras, Afghanistan, Bahamas, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Cuba, and Ukraine.

“I was lucky enough to go to one of the [Aerial Recovery’s] planning meetings this summer, and I was all for it,” James said. “Having the expertise of these special ops guys, coming in and doing what they’re doing, working their magic, in a way that helps other people is mind blowing, it’s such a cool concept. They have all that talent and expertise. I’ve been doing this for a long time, I’ve done hundreds of performances in Nashville, but this is the first time I’ve bought a bunch of tickets and invited all my friends. I want everyone to know about aerial recovery.

Check out Aerial Recovery’s efforts in the video below.

Photo credit: John Sherlock / Courtesy of Legacy PR

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