My Proud Soldier Benefit at Nashville’s Fontanel

My Proud Soldier Benefit

Media Contact: Toni Staples



Local singer/songwriter hosts Wounded Warrior benefit show debuting song with unusual family twist


NASHVILLE, TN (Nov. 4, 2013) — My Proud Soldier Benefit Show is scheduled in honor of Veteran’s Day at Fontanel’s Studio Gallery, Monday, Nov. 11.  Toni Staples and several local singer/songwriters will perform a benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project at 5:30 p.m. My Proud Soldier Benefit  is free to veterans and active military. For non-military attendees tickets are $10/adults and $5/children. Please find more information here:


Keith Walker, Josh London, Morgan Alexander, Craig Jackson, Mercy Child and Jeff Batson will also appear with Ms. Staples at Fontanel’s Studio Gallery located at 4225 White’s Creek Pike.


At the time Staples penned her song “My Proud Soldier,” in 2004 she didn’t know she had a brother, much less one who served two tours in Iraq.  Troy Leyba was a navy medic who returned from war suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.  Staples connected with him in 2005 when he found her through her music.  He’s now home from war practicing medicine in Salt Lake City, where he lives.


Wounded Warrior Project funds benefit injured servicemen and women through direct programming to meet their needs.  People are encouraged to bring photos of their proud soldiers to share on an honor wall at the event.


It is estimated over 50,000 servicemen and women have been physically injured in recent military conflicts, another 320,000 have experienced a traumatic brain injury while on deployment, and as many as 400,000 additional service members live with the invisible wounds of war including combat-related stress, major depression, and PTSD.


The mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors.  WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.  WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more visit


For much more information please visit:

Toni Staples

http:www/ or her Facebook account at:

Mercy Child

Craig Jackson

Josh London

Morgan Alexander

Keith Walker


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