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2014 Concert Schedule

  • March 28
    (Rescheduled from February 12)
    1964 — The Tribute
    Battle Creek, MI
  • February 13
    The Spinners
    Charleston, SC
  • February 14
    The UniQue Band
    Tuskegee, AL
  • February 14
    Darryl Worley
    Poplar Bluff, MO
  • February 15
    Aaron Tippin
    Columbus, OH
  • February 15
    Grass Roots
    Sioux Falls, SD
  • May (TBA)
    Julie Newton
    St. Louis, MO
  • August (TBA)
    TBA
    Dayton, OH

Veterans are entertained during National Salute week.

The purpose of the National Salute to Veteran Patients Program is to:

  • pay tribute and express appreciation to Veterans;
  • increase community awareness of the role of the VA medical center;
  • encourage citizens to visit hospitalized Veterans and to become involved as volunteers.

The week of February 14 each year is your opportunity to say thank you to a special group of men and women, more than 98,000 Veterans of the U.S. armed services who are cared for every day in Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers, outpatient clinics, domiciliaries, and nursing homes.

During the National Salute, VA invites individuals, Veterans groups, military personnel, civic organizations, businesses, schools, local media, celebrities and sports stars to participate in a variety of activities at the VA medical centers. The activities and events include special ward visits and valentine distributions; photo opportunities; school essay contests; special recreation activities and Veteran recognition programs.

The week also provides an opportunity for the community to become acquainted with the volunteer opportunities within the medical center.

Also during National Salute week, selected cities host concerts that are free to Veterans and their families. The concert schedule is usually available around the first of January. Please check back then for a list of the cities that will be hosting the events. Many thanks to the organizational donors that make these concerts a success!

Contact your nearest VA Medical Center and ask for Voluntary Service to discover the wonderful things you, your group or organization can do to salute America’s Heroes. Locate the facility nearest you.

Read Secretary of the VA’s letter

David James Elliott, Chairperson for the 2014 National Salute to Veteran Patients

David James Elliott

David James Elliott

David James Elliott is a Canadian-born actor best known for his starring role in the series JAG, playing lead character Commander Harmon Rabb Jr. (1995 to 2005.)

Born David William Smith in Milton, Ontario, Canada. (Sept. 21 1960) As a teenager he was part of a band with the dream of becoming a rock star. He quit Milton District High School in his senior year to make a go of the band. At age 19 he returned to finish high school.

After graduation, he attended Ryerson University in Toronto and then auditioned for the Stratford Shakespearean Festival in Ontario. He was accepted and later won the Jean Chalmers Award, as most promising actor in 1983. Elliott would go on to become a series regular in the Canadian drama Street Legal (1987- 1989).

A development deal with Disney took David James Elliott (name change required for SAG) to Hollywood to pursue his acting career. Disney fell through but the 'Never say Die' Mr. Elliott persevered and landed roles in the film Police Academy 3: Back in Training in 1986, and subsequently in television series Knots Landing, Doogie Howser and in 1993 The Untouchables as Agent Paul Robbins. The following year Elliott landed a recurring role on the hit series Melrose Place, playing Terry Parsons, and a guest appearance in an episode of Seinfeld and the TV mini-series Degree of Guilt.

In 1995, Elliot landed the role of Naval Aviator-turned JAG lawyer, Commander Harmon 'Harm' Rabb Jr., in the CBS television drama JAG. For 10 years millions of viewers watched and Mr. Elliott became a household name.

Since JAG, Elliott has had starring roles in TV series Close to Home, Scoundrels, CSI NY, and GCB; TV mini series Knights of Bloodsteel, Impact and Exploding Sun; TV movies The Man Who Lost Himself: The Terry Evanshen Story, Dad's Home, Love Sick and feature films Gooby, The Rainbow Tribe, Confined, Terror Trap, and Rufus. His most recent work Another Statesite is set to be released in 2014.

Personal:

He married Canadian-born actress Nanci Chambers (JAG, Ghost Whisperer) in 1992.

They have a daughter, Stephanie (March 15, 1993) and a son, Wyatt (March 3, 2003).

David and Nanci both became U.S. citizens.