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Lt. Dan Band to entertain, educate Marines at Combat Center

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MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER, TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (Mar. 9, 2011) – The Lt. Dan Band is scheduled to once again perform for Marines, sailors, civilians and their families at Sunset Cinema, beginning at 7 p.m. here March 12.

The Lt. Dan Band features actor and musician Gary Sinise, of Forrest Gump and CSI New York fame. The Lt. Dan Band will feature covers from such musical greats as Jimmy Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce and The Zac Brown Band.

This year’s performance is about much more than just entertainment. The band will be joined on stage by veterans and Medal of Honor recipients to talk about the DSTRESS Line and thriving in spite of stress associated with military life. The band is working with the Marine Corps’ DSTRESS Line to educate Marines and their families about resources available to assist them with the challenges of military life.

The band will be promoting DSTRESS and quality of life resources for military members throughout its 2011 tour, which has already included Marine Corps Bases Camp Pendleton and Hawaii. They are scheduled to perform at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma May 13.

The band has been performing around the globe for military audiences since 2004, in conjunction with the USO. For more information and concert dates, visit http://www.LtDanBand.com. To learn more about the DSTRESS Line, visit http://www.dstressline.com or call 1-877-476-7734. Media point of contact for this event is the Public Affairs Office at 760-830-6213.
More information on DSTRESS Program:
The DSTRESS Line is a telephone call center manned “by Marines, for Marines,” aimed at active duty and reserve Marines, veterans and retirees and their families in the western U.S., Hawaii and Alaska. According to the DSTRESS website, those calling the DSTRESS Line or utilizing the live online chat are afforded the opportunity to speak with veteran Marines, former Navy corpsmen and licensed behavioral health counselors, “.who have been specifically trained in Marine Corps culture and ethos.” The program is anonymous and provides an outlet through which Marines can speak with one of their own about everything from common family stressors to post traumatic stress. Call lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Representatives from the MCCS Counseling Center will also be available before and during the concert to provide information regarding DSTRESS and other valuable quality of life programs available aboard the Combat Center, including Marines First In Real Life (IRL), a punch card program launched aboard the Combat Center in February 2011 that aims to get Marines out of the barracks and involved in base events and activities. Participating Marines earn points and stamps which they can redeem for prizes and other benefits throughout their time here. Active duty Marines attending the Lt. Dan Band concert may pick up an IRL punch card and receive a stamp for the event. Once filled out, the card can be turned in at the MCCS Marketing Department, building 1024. The Marine will receive a free collectable T-shirt, as well as entry into a quarterly prize drawing.


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MCAGCC Public Affairs Office

Nick Mannweiler Captain, U.S. Marine Corps Public Affairs Officer MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, Calif


  1. Paparrazi Paparrazi says:

    Gary Sinise is a Patriot!

    • Vicki Lynn Fretwell says:

      I was just reading your article on the Lt.Dan Band performing and helping Marines with coping and dealing with stress and with PTSD.
      What a great thing. And you have a hr hot line which I think is so nice for a troubled Soldier or Vet to be able to call and speak with someone.

      I am the MthrOfASoldier My Son happens to be a U.S.Army Soldier who served in Iraq. He is injured and suffering with PTSD. His injuries occured in IT Training actually before going to Iraq He was sent to Iraq and was not well and now very ill and having to get out of the Army and has been fighting with the Med Board since he returned to the Fort Bliss Tx last April.

      My question to you is : Is this only for Marines. And if so do you know of such help and counsiling and all for My Son, If you cannot assist him.

      He will be Meding out of the Army for good in the next Month or Two finally but I know He is getting very little help from the Army at this time. And He will also then be dealing with not only PTSD and his on going injury and blood disorder as a result but also trying to readjust to Civillian life back here at home.

      I would greatly appreciate any advise and help you could suggest for me to share with him.

      My Son is just yrs old and very much changed forever after his experiences
      I would just like to be able to direct him to someone who might help him.

      Thank You for your time and interest in reading my letter to you It is very much appreciated by me.

      God Bless and Thank You From This MthrOfASoldier in Chico,Nor-CA

      you have my ema-l address and here is my phone no. in case you have anyone I can talk to. -

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