Bruce Springsteen, Entertainer
Recognizing outstanding achievement and excellence in supporting and giving back to veterans by a performer
Rock star Bruce Springsteen has been a strong supporter of veterans for several decades, having dedicated many of his tracks and live performances to Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). His work with VVA began in its early years, when the organization was struggling to gain financial support. In the summer of 1981, Springsteen dedicated all of the proceeds of one of his sold-out concerts to the organization and its work, and he has continued to show this support throughout his life and his music.
Springsteen’s commitment to veterans has been expressed in themes that run through his extensive body of work, with songs like “The Long Walk Home” “Lost in the Flood,” “Devils & Dust” and “The Wall” inspiring and touching the lives of millions of military families. He has also performed benefit shows devoted to veterans, including the 2014 Concert for Valor on the National Mall, both raising money for, and spreading awareness of, our wounded servicemen all over the United States.
It’s rumored that when Bob Woodruff woke up from a coma after 36 days, he asked his wife Lee when the “guitar man” would come to see him. Apparently Lee, cajoling her comatose husband, had said Bruce Springsteen was coming to visit. Through their friends, this story got back to Springsteen, and he has been both an inspiration and a crucial part of the Bob Woodruff Foundation since it was founded eight years ago. Springsteen has donated his time, resources, and talents to the Foundation’s annual Stand Up for Heroes event and also supports the Foundation’s other work with post 9/11 injured veterans and their families.