[Hpn] Prescott, AZ - VetAid concert to benefit homeless vets - The Daily Courier - November 3, 2003

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VetAid concert to benefit homeless vets

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By DORINE GOSS - The Daily Courier - November 3, 2003

Prescott, AZ - A former rocker and veteran who has established
the non-profit VetAid is bringing a line-up of 1950s groups to
the Yavapai College Performance Hall on Veterans’ Day to raise
money to house homeless veterans.

Robert Cohen, who performed in the Los Angeles area as Bobby
Springs in the 1980s and ’90s, has organized a concert featuring
the Coasters, Drifters, Donnie Brooks, Al Wilson, Jewel Akens and
the Jerry Cole Band.  Cohen

The concert is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, and tickets are
on sale now at the college Performance Hall for $25 and $35. Call
776-2033 for more information.

Cohen, who recorded four albums between 1988 and 1994 as Bobby
Springs for Mystic Records, incorporated VetAid with Ira Gray in
August 2003. He was active in raising money for veterans’ causes
in California before moving to Arizona three years ago.

The former Marine lists VetAid’s goals as “creating hope and
homes for veterans when they leave VA hospitals” and “eliminating
homelessness.” Veterans who live there must be sober and be free
of drugs, he said.

“This living situation works because veterans can interact with
fellow veterans and help each other on their way back to living
productive lives not only personally but as taxpayers and good
citizens contributing what they have been given by helping other
veterans.”

Cohen and Gray are leasing a five-bedroom home at 609 Flora St.
in Prescott and the bedrooms are full, he said.

He hopes to raise money to support VetAid though several
concerts. Cohen’s plan is to buy homes that will support VetAid’s
goals and have “our own veteran labor force refurbish the
homes.”

U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi, R-Arizona District 1, visited with Cohen
and said in a letter of support that he looks “forward to
attending your VetAid concert” on Veterans’ Day.

Cohen and Gray have the support of a number of local businesses
including Pepsi, Arizona Music Pro, the Prescott Folklore Center,
Thumper’s Custom Motorcycles, York Motors, KKLD, Liberty
Management Group, MaMa D’s Cafe, JB’s of Prescott, Mudd Hole
Espresso, Prescott Pawn and Coin, Forest Villas, Absolute
Construction, Chartier Drywall, Blind Brothers Window and others.
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Following is a list of the programs Open-Inn offers:

• Homeless Youth Inter-vention Program — Designed to reunify
homeless or potentially homeless youths with their families

• Youth Havens — Provides monthly stipends to youths who aren’t
living with their parents but are succeeding in classroom

• Transitional Living Program — Helps older youths in all facets
of making the move to independent living

• Teen Peer Counseling — Allows teens to teach fellow teens using
their own life experiences

• Street Outreach — Provides counsel to teens and families
already out on the street

For information on these programs or the Turning Point youth
shelter, call 778-7900 or 1-800-719-1008.

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