"That was the best concert I've ever been to, and I've been to a lot of concerts," said Marine Corps veteran Justin Mooney. Mooney collected cans of food and boxes of pasta for our Feed Ohio Vets food drive and was one of ten vets to receive tickets to see Five Finger Death Punch on October 4.
David Brown (his name has been changed at his request), another ticket recipient, drove five hours to see Five Finger Death Punch perform in Youngstown. "They were a great band, especially live."
New this year, MVRC included the ticket giveaway for active and retired military service members who collected non-perishable food or personal care items from their communities and donated them to the food drive. As long as they delivered their items to a resource center by Sept. 26 and presented proof of service, they were eligible to receive two concert tickets.
"When we learned Five Finger Death Punch was set to perform in Ohio, we thought this would be a great opportunity to encourage younger veterans to give back to other vets," said Executive Director Len Proper. "Their donations helped contribute to the 2,000 pounds of food we collected during the food drive, all of which will be distributed to military families in need."
Even though the concert was in Youngstown, many vets like Brown were more than willing to make the drive. The Columbus, Chillicothe, Dayton, Findlay and Hamilton resource centers all gave out tickets to veteran donors.
"Five Finger Death Punch is a big supporter of veterans and they did a tribute to us during the concert," said Mooney. Many veterans, like Mooney, attended the concert dressed to represent their branch, so the vets in the crowd were easy to spot.
The guest Mooney brought to the concert? His wife, Cathy. "She'd never been to a concert before, and she's a big fan of Volbeat," said Mooney. Volbeat, Cathy's favorite band, opened the concert for Five Finger Death Punch, Mooney's favorite band--making for a much deserved night out for the parents of three young children.
Photo: Justin Mooney and Cathy Mooney dropped by the Findlay resource center to pick up their tickets.