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VIP Tickets to Celebration of Service’s finale concert now on sale

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The work done by Give an Hour and the Campaign to Change Direction is making a difference in so many lives

This year, Give an Hour’s Celebration of Service will conclude with a benefit concert by award-winning country music artist Chris Stapleton. While all general admission tickets for the October 9th concert at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. sold out in just nine minutes, Stapleton’s fans have options: there are limited VIP, Premier and Prestige level tickets available. Ticket proceeds will benefit Give an Hour and the Campaign to Change Direction.

Give an Hour provides free mental health services to our nation's military and veteran communities, while the Campaign to Change Direction is changing the culture of mental health in America.

Stapleton’s video “Fire Away”, from the album Traveller, tells the tale of a couple experiencing a great deal of hardship and heartbreak as the result of depression. This powerful video helped bring national attention to the Campaign to Change Direction and is helping to raise awareness about the mental health issues that affect all families.

Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour, said, “By creating a shared mission, by educating Americans about the five signs of emotional suffering, by encouraging compassion and action, we can change our culture to reflect what we know to be true—that mental health is not something to be afraid of or embarrassed about."

Military Connection CEO Debbie Gregory, a proud member of the Give an Hour Advisory Board, has been honored to work with the non-profit organization for a number of years.

“The work done by Give an Hour and the Campaign to Change Direction is making a difference in so many lives,” said Gregory. “The suicide statistics we constantly hear are alarming and tragic. By destigmatizing mental health issues, they are literally saving lives.”

About offers one of the most comprehensive directories of military and Veteran resources on the web, focusing on employment, education and more. Military Connection has been named a Top 100 Employment Web Site by the International Association of Employment Web Sites for five years in a row. It is that focus on employment that garnered one of the prestigious Weddle’s Users Choice Awards for 2015. Military Connection features thousands of pages of resources and information. There is something for everyone including, but not limited to a Job Board and Virtual Job Fair, comprehensive Post 9/11 GI Bill education information with a directory of thousands of scholarships and a Veteran school directory, news, press releases, special events, pay charts, benefits, service directories, commissaries and exchanges, golf courses and more. Military Connection has the honor of working with incredible non-profits, such as Give An Hour, to improve the quality of life for those who serve. When the next tour is back home, it’s on Military Connection, the Go To Site.

About Give an Hour
Give an Hour, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) providing free mental health services to military members, veterans, and their families, was founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. Give an Hour has been instrumental in the development of the community-based approach to addressing the challenges that face our nation's military community, having created a successful model for harnessing skill-based volunteers eager to offer their services. Thus far, the network of nearly 7,000 licensed mental health professionals has provided more than 192,000 hours of care and support to those in need. To learn more, visit or

About Change Direction
The Campaign to Change Direction, a national initiative to change the culture of mental health in America, encourages Americans to care for their mental well-being just as they do their physical well-being. The Campaign is led by Give an Hour, a national nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to the military and veteran community. Change Direction addresses common barriers to understanding mental health and raises awareness about Five Signs that may indicate someone is suffering emotionally and needs help: change in personality, agitation, withdrawal, decline in personal care, and hopelessness. Over 240 partner organizations are using their unique skills and opportunities to spread awareness. Organizations and individuals who are interested in learning more or making a pledge can visit

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