Wounded Heroes Day

Celebrate Wounded Heroes Day with The Independence Fund, Lt. Dan Band, and the State of North Carolina!

Be part of an unforgettable night on Sunday, April 21, as we kick off Wounded Heroes Day celebrations with a concert by Gary Sinise and Lt. Dan Band!

This FREE concert will honor the sacrifice of wounded Veterans and offer them the gratitude and patriotic support that defines North Carolina! Lt. Dan Band will provide a powerful musical tribute to those who have served our country with unwavering courage.

Reserve your ticket and find out more here! 


In addition to celebrating, The Independence Fund is recognizing Wounded Heroes Day by acknowledging the burden of war that Veterans may carry for decades post-combat. 
The Independence Fund, in partnership with panelists including Tim Kennedy, Dan Hollaway, and Tulsi Gabbard, will host Targeting A Solution on Saturday, April 20.
Staggeringly, the number of service members lost to suicide after combat is four times higher than the number we lost on the front lines of two decades of war post-9/11. Each of those numbers represents a hero… a family… a story of sacrifice. 
Targeting A Solution is a candid, unfiltered conversation about the realities of Veteran suicide — and, most importantly, how we can end it together. You're invited to be a part of the dialogue: And the solution. 

Reserve your spot for this remarkable panel here! 



Please join The Independence Fund at the
Weddington Methodist Church, Weddington, NC
for a ceremony to celebrate the 4th annual Wounded Heroes Day, in honor of SGT Michael Verardo, US Army, Retired.

Map Link here

please email Nick Weinstein at n.weinstein@independencefund.org with the number in your party to RSVP!

About Wounded Heroes Day:

On April 24, 2010, SGT Michael Verardo suffered life-altering combat injuries in an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan. Since that fateful day, SGT Verardo has undergone 120 surgeries, along with years of speech, visual, physical, and occupational therapies. Verardo, like so many other catastrophically wounded, injured, and ill Veterans, brings the scars of war back home. Wounded Veterans continue showing displays of courage and resilience as they overcome new challenges and obstacles. The Independence Fund and the state of North Carolina are committed to honoring the sacrifice, courage, and resiliency of this brave group of servicemen and women. On April 24, 2021, the state of North Carolina passed House Bill 138/Senate Bill 132 designating every April 24th as Wounded Heroes Day. The Independence Fund and NC General Assembly Members, led by Representative David Willis, acknowledge that when a service member returns home with life-changing injuries, the entire family absorbs the sacrifice and adjusts life to care for the wounded Veteran. 

Wounded Veterans across North Carolina, on behalf of SGT Verardo and The Independence Fund, we are proud to honor you each and every Wounded Heroes Day.


Hear their stories and celebrate each "Alive Day" with us!


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