Saving Soldiers

Spring Fever Benefit Concert presented by Stand for the Troops



Dr. Henry Grayson, David Buskin, Eilhys England Hackworth, Dr. Yuval Neria and Robin Batteau

Photographs: Bruce Plotkin

Broadway star James Naughton headlined the Spring Fever benefit concert and auction, presented by Stand for the Troops (SFTT). The event, held at Westport’s Unitarian Church, was to support SFTT’s You Are Not Alone initiative, which focuses on the impact of post-traumatic stress, and the physical and emotional well-being of our returning troops. James Naughton shared the stage with Leslie Orofino, Chris Coogan, Robin Batteau and David Buskin, to the delight of guests. Attendees enjoyed gourmet offerings donated by area merchants and restaurants, while they perused the silent auction, which included passes to New York Fashion Week and luxurious hotel stays. Eilhys England Hackworth, who cofounded the organization with her husband, the late Col. David Hackworth, America’s most valor-decorated soldier, spoke about of the importance of SFTT’s mission. “As our frontline troops have come home and the toll of repeated war-fighting tours has become more apparent, the suicide rate among vets has grown from eighteen vets committing suicide daily to twenty-two over the past year,” she said. “SFTT president, Major General John Batiste, the SFTT Board, its advisors and the lean team who run SFTT remain unanimously committed to assembling a medical task force to help our serving and returning troops heal in every way possible, with a particular focus on post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.”

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