Aaron Lewis of Staind getting behind ‘Shame On America’ Documentary
Staind has been a favorite band of mine since their first record and with their new release out they continue to make great music. I had a chance to party with them at the Target Center many, many years ago and they were one of the most open and friendly bands that I have met. Not being a douche means a lot to me and the facet that Aaron Lewis is a true patriotic person is even more appealing.
If you listened to his last solo record you noticed patriotic lyrics and a deep appreciation for our military, the true heroes that seemed to get overlooked. Mr Lewis also understands that our service men and woman are unappreciated, and in some cases looked down upon. Which is why he is getting behind a new documentary called ‘Shame On America”, will shine a light on what happens to our veterans after they return home from war. According to Loudwire, Lewis has teamed with Dave Ellefson (Minnesota native) from Megadeth and director/photographer Fran Strine to raise money to make the film. The movie focuses on servicemen and women who return with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
I knew I had to be part of this film. To know that our sons and daughters have committed themselves, sacrificed everything for us, followed the orders they are given only to come home to nothing hit me hard. For these men and women to have psychological issues that require medical attention, have to be reviewed by a panel with a year long wait to see if they might qualify for benefits they are owed and many becoming homeless in the process really bothers me. I love my country and cherish the women and men of the armed forces even more. America should be ashamed.
People who contribute money to the film will get their names in the credits, have early opportunities to see it, and will receive items like wristbands, signed copies of the DVD, personalized video messages from Lewis and Ellefson, Skype chats, signed instruments, film festival invites and more in return for donations.