Jim Tirabassi and James Montgomery founded the organization, V is for Veterans, and hosted an all star cast of musical talent at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. This was a two day event with the second night at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly.
Tirabassi is no stranger to music and entertainment. He was involved in beginning one of the first comedy club’s in Boston, with local comedian Chance Langton, called Play it Again Sams. He also managed, annoyed, and generally aggravated some of the bands he had listened to in high school and college such as: Badfinger, Foghat, Outlaws and Toy Caldwell, as well as producing concerts for artists like The Joe Perry Project, Jonathan Edwards, Livingston Taylor, and others he can’t remember.
Examiner spoke with Tirabassi about the organization.
Examiner: Why did you start V is for Veterans?
Jim Tirabassi: My reason for starting this with James Montgomery is simple, the opportunities that were afforded to me, were not always so to others. I have been able to make choices of my own, all of my life, without major concerns about my health. During my time in the Army in the 70’s, I was twice injured in training exercises. Because of this, I have had lifelong consequences from those accidents, but, nothing close to what others have had to go through to continue on day to day.
I am a lifelong background guy. Most people do not even know what I do. The reflecting brought back memories of opportunities that were presented to me.
AN: Tell us about some of those opportunities.
JT: I got to go to college and play football, unfortunately once there, I learned I hated authority. So, to fix that I joined the Army, a paragon of authority. I was such a good solider they kept my stripes on with Velcro. Every time I got busted, it was easier to take my rank away and not mess up my uniforms. The GIBill allowed me to get a good education.
Everyone is not as lucky as I have been and may not have the support I have had. The goal of this in our own small way, is to try to prevent people who were willing to sacrifice their own well being, to ensure our safety from falling through those cracks.
We hope we are able to do this as our mission on their behalf. To do this we would love to ask you to help us continue moving forward. We don’t believe we have the skills to help them directly, but rather to provide the resources to those who have those skills. All we ask is that if you feel the mission is worthwhile, please let us know. We can always use volunteers to usher the events, hang posters, be sponsors or investors. The idea is we are not asking anyone to do any more than those people we are trying to assist.
V is for Veterans has a Facebook page and you can find more information there.
Here are some photos from the evening at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.