[Bill Rickert is co-founder of Operation Support Our Troops - America with his wife, Deborah.]
Tomell: Your organization also helps through the Allen J. Lynch Medal of Honor Veteran's Assistance Program.
Rickert: He is a medal of honor recipient. We work with veterans in need when they have exhausted all other options. We help them on a onetime basis [with a] rent payment, car payment or pay some utilities.
Tomell: Tell me more about the 12th annual Rockin' for the Troops returning to Geneva for a second year.
Rickert: People can come and buy tickets for $25 for the family event – about what it costs to mail a care package. Enjoy the whole day and your ticket will help send a care package to troops overseas. That's [our] big event. We need support [and] people to come out for five bands [and a] day of celebration.
Tomell: You have several performers coming up from Nashville.
Rickert: Ryan Weaver is a Nashville star. His brother was killed in Afghanistan. He is a Gold Star family member. Rockie Lynne has been a big supporter. [He's a] 101st Airborne veteran. Ayla Brown does a lot of military things. And [there will be ] local favorite … 7th Heaven and Motown [hits] by The Voices.
If you go
WHAT: Rockin' for the Troops
WHEN: 3:30 to 11 p.m. July 14; gates open at 3 p.m.
WHERE: Northwestern Medicine Field's Music Garden stage next to stadium, 34W002 Cherry Lane, Geneva; bring lawn chairs and blankets
INFO: rockinforthetroops.org, 630-971-1150, osotamerica.org