Pot fiend to headline GOP National Convention

The news that the coolest man on the planet and America's most famous pothead, Willie Nelson, will headline a concert at the Republican National Convention almost ruined my afternoon. Say it ain't freaking so, I begged my friend.  It was so.

On August 29, 2012 the great American Outlaw, Willie-by-God-Nelson and singer songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker will perform during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.  This is the same Willie Nelson who is headlining the "Railroad Revival Tour" with Band of Horses this October. This is the same Willie Nelson who founded the TeaPot Party - "Tax it, regulate it, and legalize it!". This is "BioWillie" for heaven's sake...playing a concert in a town crammed with Cheneys, Bushs, all four hundred Romneys and every red meat Drill Baby Driller you can swing a silly hat at.

Turns out the Farm Aid founder is just Willie being Willie. His performance that evening will benefit Got Your 6, a non-partisan entertainment industry led movement committed, according Greg Propper, the campaign manager, to empowering military veterans  and their families and to "doing what Hollywood does best and create a new conversation in America, one where veterans and military families are perceived as the massive civilian assets they are."

Got Your 6, a name derived from the clock-based military vernacular meaning "got your back", is about a month old and was formed under the umbrella of ServiceNation, which was the first campaign of Be The Change, Inc. out of Cambridge. Got Your 6 has pulled together non-profits as disparate as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of American, the Pat Tillman Foundation, the American Red Cross and the Sierra Club in an "everybody in" top to bottom rethinking of how to reintegrate the over one million veterans who will be returning home in the next five years.

Propper cites a poll of post-9/11 vets who responded that they were treated 90 percent of the time with pity and 10 percent of the time with respect. Got Your 6 and their non-profit partners and Hollywood plan on changing that. And the Red Headed Stranger venturing into to red red Tampa at the end of August is a great start.

Got Your 6 is going to Charlotte too with a concert September 5, 2012 featuring Grammy-nominated rapper Flo Rida.

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