This just in, Columbus is about to be rocked by some great music, and for a great cause that happens
to be near and dear to my heart. Summit for Soldiers aims to support and raise awareness for
Soldiers suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as well as help their families.
When I first heard of Summit for Soldiers it was my mom telling me a little about them. I thought
it was an interesting concept but there are a lot of great ideas floating around on social media that
are tugging with all of their might for every little strand of our attention. A lot of those interesting
never get off the ground. I’ve had my fair share of one hit wonder (ideas)
Then when my mom tells me that they are going to climb Mt. Everest with a flag that has my father’s
name, my mother and I, as well as my uncle and my dads best friends name on it. I was still a little doubtful
till I actually saw the pictures. They ended up having to switch to Mt. Kilimanjaro because of a avalanche
on Everest that year, but I was stunned at the heart and determination of this group. I’ve been an eager
fan ever since. Here are a few pictures they snapped while they were on their way up and some of the actual
flag. I am honored to be a part of this, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
My father who’s name is pictured at the bottom LCPL. Thomas J. O’rourke Jr had PTSD and I believe it may
have been the main reason he commited suicide. He searved his country in Viet Nam and was always proud to have
been a Marine, like his father and brothers.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – 24 Jan 2015
On Saturday, 24 January 2015 (4:30pm till 11pm) Summit for Soldiers will be holding a Free
Rock Festival and Fundraising Event at the Aladdin Shrine Ballroom to bring attention to their
Mission of PTSD/Suicide Awareness and their “Adven-therapy” program for struggling veterans.
Joining them will be several other local resources available to our veterans, service-members
and families. The event will be hosted by Ronni Hunter of 99.7 the Blitz, and will feature live
music throughout the evening.
The Summit for Soldiers: R.O.C. for Veterans Music Festival (Resources, Organizations,
Community) is more than a fundraiser, but a fun, entertaining evening with music, drinks and
food along with the opportunity to learn, share and network with some of the many veteran’s
resources available throughout the Columbus area. Joining Summit for Soldiers will be the
Lima Company: Eyes of Freedom Memorial, OSU’s Vets 4 Vets and many other local
veteran’s organizations and resources. The event will be hosted by Ronni Hunter of 99.7 the
“Blitz” Rock Radio. The doors open at 4:30pm, with the OSU, ROTC Color Guard presentation
of the Colors kicking off the event at 5:30pm and bands playing till 11pm. The Shrine is located
at 3850 Stelzer Rd, Columbus, OH 43219, and admission is free to the public.
“Summit for Soldiers” (SfS) is the mission of OIF/OEF veterans to raise awareness and draw
attention to the silent killer known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain
Injuries (TBI) and the over 8000 Veteran Suicides that occur each year. In 2015, SfS will launch
a new program that focuses on bringing veterans together under the umbrella of outdoor
adventure, camaraderie, and mentorship that we call “Adven-therapy”. Our program is not only
intended to help struggling veterans and family members to begin or continue to recover and
reconnect through climbing activities, but to assist in connecting them to more appropriate
resources that may fit their specific needs. Additionally, This past year the veterans of SfS have
been a part of creating grassroots legislation called the MEMORy ACT that streamlines the
process for veterans seeking attention at the VA for their service-related mental health issues.
This legislation was successfully introduced as a bipartisan bill into both the US House and US
For additional information about Summit for Soldiers and the R.O.C. for Veteran’s Music
Festival, please contact:
Michael Fairman at (614) 314-5829 or visit our website at www.summitforsoldiers.org.