Musicians On Call Recruit The Eli Young Band, Jerrod Niemann and Others to Play for the Sick and Injured [VIDEO]
The Eli Young Band has been very busy lately, first off they’re making a run for the top spot at the charts again, CMA Awards nominees, touring live and being ‘on call’ to help the sick and injured. Recently the band visited a Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital to say thank you and to play for the injured men and women serving our country. Mike Eli says they were the ‘Musicians On Call’ (MOC), a non-profit organization that reaches out to our nations injured vets.
Mike Eli said “Musicians on Call, today, gave us the opportunity to go to the VA hospital and visit our troops. For us just to be able to say thank you to a lot of gentlemen that made a lot of sacrifices, for us and for our country. We were able give them (the injured troops) a little music and maybe give them a little optimism and to make their day better, it was a huge opportunity for us.”
At the organizations event, the Nokia Music / Musicians On Call Luncheon, the Eli Young Band performed and helped raise money for MOC. According to Scott Welch the Chairman for Musicians On Call says “we opened in Nashville five years ago and we were primarily here in Nashville, but now we serve over 250,000 patients and we now have 11 programs at seven hospitals in different cities across the country. We have lots of musicians and volunteers, that make this work. The go door-to-door, knocking on doors and just asking patients if they’d like to hear a song.”
Other artists that volunteer to go and entertain the those that are sick or injured in hospitals across the country are Darius Rucker, Kellie Pickler, Martina McBride and Jerrod Niemann just to name a few.