Willie Nelson Works to Motivate the American People with Public Service Announcements helping Veterans
by Jere Beery
On August 29th a series of 5 public service announcements (PSAs) featuring American Icon Willie Nelson are scheduled to premier at Dailey Plaza in Chicago, Illinois. The PSAs were produced by Operation Firing For Effect (OFFE) and are designed to bring more awareness for the need of future veterans’ healthcare and services.
Nelson, a U.S. Air Force veteran, is national spokesperson for Operation Firing For Effect and a staunch supporter of full mandatory funding of the VA.
Within the Willie Nelson public service presentation is a special message for the residents of Illinois concerning their 94% approval of full mandatory funding of veterans’ healthcare, which appeared in the form of an advisory referendum on their February 5th primary election ballot. Willie Nelson states that “the good people of Illinois need to be recognized for their votes and I am doing just that in this public service presentation.”
OFFE National Chairman, Gene Simes says the Willie Nelson PSAs have a cutting-edge in their content, and he (Simes) is confident that the national main stream television and radio networks will air the spots. “We have a new generation of veterans returning home and we have a moral and ethical obligation to insure they receive complete quality and accessible healthcare and services”, Mr. Simes concluded.
Willie Nelson echoes Sime’s sentiment in one of the upcoming public service announcements.
According to Willie Nelson, his endorsement and involvement in the production of these PSAs will hopefully motivate the American people and inject ‘veterans’ affairs’ into the upcoming Presidential debates thus forcing the candidates to address the subject in some detail as well as their own committed endorsement.
The debut of the Willie Nelson PSAs will take place in conjunction with a planned ‘Veterans Awareness Walk & Rally’ sponsored by OFFE Chicago Chapter and in association with the Coalition of Veterans Organizations of Illinois, (CVO). Dignitaries and Illinois state officials will receive a personal invitation to attend the event from Mr. Willie Nelson this week. For more information on the ‘Veterans Awareness Rally’ and other planned events, contact; Fred Gajewski (503)453-6914.
For a small sample of the Willie Nelson PSAs, visit; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGq7LUDhq7I