NCIRE

Amy Gravitt & John Mayer

There are 346,000 veterans in L.A. County alone, and those who need support – and the many who simply want more respect – are getting an unprecedented new level of focus from the entertainment industry. In May, a coalition of studios, agencies, guilds and networks unveiled Got Your Six (a military term for “I’ve got your back and you’ve got mine”), an ambitious program that aims to change perceptions of veterans and increase job opportunities (expect to see a Hollywood hiring fair Aug. 28 in Century City). The effort has pulled in veterans including Universal president and former Marine Ron Meyer, WME agent and Navy man Brandt Joel and Gravitt, a comedy vp at HBO who served in a noncombat role for three years aboard the U.S.S. Constellation in the late ‘90s. She has leveraged her HBO relationships with producers and talent to help create PSAs, including one with Rob Riggle for Funny or Die, that promote an image of veterans as leaders. Gravitt got involved because “there’s a tendency to think of veterans solely as charity cases. Our goal is to have them be seen as these assets who have an amazing amount of experience,” she says. Mayer, working on his own, has made helping veterans his primary philanthropic mission since visiting North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune four years ago. “There was this guy who was introduced to me as this no-nonsense guy in the field who was so physically and cerebrally injured. That’s when it really hits you,” he says. Mayer offers free concert tickets to veterans, active personnel and military families, visits medical centers and has created a fund benefiting NCIRE, a health research institute that is working to reintegrate veterans into civilian life. Says Mayer, “There are a ton of things veterans learn to do, especially with the pressure of battle, and then they come back and there’s no way to pick up where they left off.”

The Hollywood Reporter, July 2012

Spend a day with John Mayer


http://www.celebritiesforcharity.org/raffle/spend-the-day-with-john-mayer-raffle/
 

Tickets are only $2 each (minimum purchase of 5)!  I did some asking around and the contest is totally legitimate and I found out that it is open to everyone worldwide!  However, the maximum travel reimbursement is $1,600 USD.  Still, that should cover most of your travel if you’re overseas.  More details below…

* Three winners will be selected to participate in an incredibly meaningful project honoring our veterans.  This November or December, each winner and guest will join John and an intimate group of fans, friends and veterans to spend the day volunteering on a project that both honors and thanks our veterans. Each winner will be able to invite 1 guest.

* Each winner will receive up to $1,600 (if needed, if used) to apply towards travel for themselves and guest.

* The experience will include the volunteer project, lunch with John and photos from the day.

* Each Winner will be awarded a cash prize in the amount of $864.50 to mitigate the Winner’s tax liability that results from winning the raffle. This prize is withheld and paid, on behalf of the Winner, directly to the IRS ($728.00) and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ($136.50). The actual amount awarded may be adjusted proportionally based on the value of the actual prizes received. 

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Please reblog and spread the word, as it’s for charity.  The more people the buy, the more US veterans are helped!  Good luck. 

-RY 

Free wristband autographed by @jhnmyr for whoever deserves it most

Hello All!

We have some bad news, some good news, and some GREAT news.   

Bad news first:  We did not make our goal of selling 400 wristbands by July 1st.   This means, we still have an unclaimed JM signed wristband.    Good news:  We raised just over $3,000.00 for NCIRE in a little over a month!   Now, who wants the GREAT news?   We asked our friends at Mick what we should do with the last signed wristband and the answer was simple: give it to someone who deserves it!  So we thought, what better way to decide who deserves it than by asking you all?  Beginning Friday, July 6th, JMWB is giving you an opportunity to win the final John Mayer signed love (v.) wristband!   Here is how this will work: On Friday, July 6th, you can go to our website and nominate someone who you think deserves to win the 4th wristband autographed by John.  We aren’t looking for who has the most nominations, but who genuinely deserves to win, so put some thought into writing your nomination!    You cannot nominate yourself!  Nominations will be accepted through Friday, July 20th.  At that point, we will read all the nominations and choose our top 3 favorites.  Beginning Monday, July 23rd, the top three will be posted on our website and we will open up the voting!  You will be able to come to our website and vote for your favorite through July 27th.   The person with the most votes will be announced on July 28th and will be awarded the final John Mayer signed wristband!     

Peace, Love and John Mayer- Brenda, Sue, Kristy and Drew    

Good morning!  Are we going to be able to give away another signed wristband today?  We’re up to 168 wristbands sold–which means we are only 32 away from the second signed wristband drawing!  Please reblog/retweet/scream it in the streets and spread the word.  John likes the black Born and Raised slap bracelets–did you know you’re also entered in the drawing if you buy one of those?  Check it out now! http://www.jmwristbands.com aaaaaand GO!

VHIP - tonight in Albuquerque...


Few people probably know that John Mayer has cofounded a program called VHIP (Veterans Health Partnership) w. NCIRE. And I’m sure that many of you have not heard that $1 from each ticket on The US Tour is donated to fund this program.

VHIP, which is going to support specific health needs of post-9/11 Veterans and aims to ease the transition from deployment to civilian life, is funded entirely by Mayer and this tour.

Even though the startop money has come straight out of John’s pocket - quite a large amount of the donations are thus coming from fans. Either from donations, via. Volunteer work or via. Ticketsales. In other words MUSIC Lovers and JM Fans are doing a difference for US veterans.

At the US leg of The Born And Raised World Tour you will be able to meet up with fans like myself. I was working at the show in Atlanta w. a lovely group of fans and will also be working tonight in Albuquerque and tomorrow at the show in Phoenix. 

Come over to the booth - say hello and while your there - have your picture taken in front of the Paradise Album cover and get a free JM Wristband - just by showing your support to the cause.

See you there…

 

Sean Hurley and me at the VHIP stand before the show in Atlanta :-) 

NCIRE is a research institution working to better veterans health - for more about them and the VHIP program please visit: http://www.ncire.org/vhip/

The Brain at War Conference 2012

Next week, NCIRE is hosting the fifth annual The Brain at War conference in San Francisco, California.  The Brain at War is a yearly meeting of the minds.  It brings together researchers, physicians, service men and women, veterans and community members with the intention of collaborating on the subject of veterans’ health and research.

About The Brain at War

Who: NCIRE, SFVAMC researchers and physicians, UCSF professors and researchers, active service members, veterans, and community leaders

What: The fifth annual The Brain at War conference, the nation’s leading conference on the neurocognitive consequences of combat

When: Thursday, June 21, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: The Marines Memorial Club and Hotel, San Francisco, California

Why: The scientific understanding of how combat affects service members and Veterans - and how they will age as a result - is critical to the future of Veterans health

Check out NCIRE’s Facebook http://www.facebook.com/NCIREveterans and Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/NCIREveterans or more information and updates in the coming days.  For more information on this year’s or last year’s The Brain at War conference, visit our website: http://ncire.org/brain_at_war/

 Thank you everyone for your continued support!

Maya Rahkonen

Current Count: UPDATE!

257!  We need to sell 43 more wristbands in order to give another John Mayer signed wristband away!  We would LOVE to accomplish this today so if you can help us out by re-blogging, telling your friends, telling strangers, tweeting, shouting it from the rooftops.. whatever you can do! Now go to it!

Again, all the details are here and all proceeds go here!

Amy Gravitt & John Mayer

There are 346,000 veterans in L.A. County alone, and those who need support – and the many who simply want more respect – are getting an unprecedented new level of focus from the entertainment industry. In May, a coalition of studios, agencies, guilds and networks unveiled Got Your Six (a military term for “I’ve got your back and you’ve got mine”), an ambitious program that aims to change perceptions of veterans and increase job opportunities (expect to see a Hollywood hiring fair Aug. 28 in Century City). The effort has pulled in veterans including Universal president and former Marine Ron Meyer, WME agent and Navy man Brandt Joel and Gravitt, a comedy vp at HBO who served in a noncombat role for three years aboard the U.S.S. Constellation in the late ‘90s. She has leveraged her HBO relationships with producers and talent to help create PSAs, including one with Rob Riggle for Funny or Die, that promote an image of veterans as leaders. Gravitt got involved because “there’s a tendency to think of veterans solely as charity cases. Our goal is to have them be seen as these assets who have an amazing amount of experience,” she says. Mayer, working on his own, has made helping veterans his primary philanthropic mission since visiting North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune four years ago. “There was this guy who was introduced to me as this no-nonsense guy in the field who was so physically and cerebrally injured. That’s when it really hits you,” he says. Mayer offers free concert tickets to veterans, active personnel and military families, visits medical centers and has created a fund benefiting NCIRE, a health research institute that is working to reintegrate veterans into civilian life. Says Mayer, “There are a ton of things veterans learn to do, especially with the pressure of battle, and then they come back and there’s no way to pick up where they left off.”

Photographed by Joe Pugliese on July 22 at Beck Media & Marketing in Santa Monica