Patrick Murray was a student at Rhode Island with plans to follow his father into a career with the North Kingstown Fire Department before he was deployed to Iraq in 2006 with the Marine Corp. When an improvised explosive device outside Fallujah claimed his leg, it also claimed his career. Through programs offered by the military and Veteran's Association he learned to overcome and adjust, and today Murray is a student-veteran attending Georgetown University on the Post-9/11 GI Bill. He now advocates for the improvement of benefits and programs to help veterans returning from war and is a member of the John Lyon Veteran's of Foreign Wars Post 3150 in Arlington. Murray is one of many returning veterans for whom the John Lyon VFW Post 3150 created a place to meet other veterans, to contribute to the community, to honor each other through volunteerism, and a place to call home. Members are involved in countless ceremonies, memorials, and community outreach programs. Each year they hold scholarship contests for students, teachers, firemen and scouts, support the Arlington Little League and present the Color Guard for their Opening Day, organize clean-up projects for highways, raise money for cancer research, play Santa at local hospitals, and decorate the graves at Arlington National Cemetery, Columbia Gardens, and National Memorial Cemeteries on Memorial Day.
On Saturday, November 15th, Northern Virginia government contractor RazorX2 will host Rock Out for Vets at Jammin' Java featuring Amsterdam + Traitors N' Thieves. The concert aims to show gratitude for our local veterans, and 100% of proceeds will benefit the John Lyon VFW Post 3150.
The Post residence is a nearly 100 year old building and in great need of repair. The money raised will go to the building fund, namely replacing the building’s warping roof, and to support fallen veterans’ families and veterans who are out of work or under financial strain.
RazorX2 offers returning veterans an opportunity for reemployment. Currently, 21% of its employees are veterans. Sgt. Michael McCartney, a system integrator for RazorX2 and 2013/2014 Commander of the Post, inspired the company to get involved with the VFW. “We witnessed his volunteerism, dedication, and patriotic values firsthand," says RazorX2 president Julie Pak, "and knew we wanted to be a part of the wonderful example he set before us.” The company promises a night of gratitude, awareness, and most importantly fun! It’s the perfect way to celebrate and honor our veterans!
Thanks to RazorX2, buffet dinner & open bar are INCLUDED in the price of your ticket! Ticket price has been reduced to just $25 in honor of the Marine Corps Birthday!