For more than a decade, service men and women have been returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with injuries so severe, they require lengthy hospital stays and sometimes, prosthetic limbs. Each one has spent at least part of their recovery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, in a wing originally known as Ward 57. A non-profit organization named Operation Ward 57 works to help each patient and his/her family during the hospitalization and recovery process.

Every summer, Operation Ward 57 holds its annual fundraiser, a motorcycle rally, silent auction and music festival called Rock & Rally For the Troops. Executive Director Brittney Hamilton joined host Margaret Larson to talk more about the event, as well as the military families being helped by Operation Ward 57. Also joining the segment was singer Joe Taylor from the band Lakeview Drive, gave the audience and viewers a musical preview.

Rock & Rally for the Troops takes place Saturday, August 2 from 10:00am - 11:00pm at Louie G's (5219 Pacific Hwy E, Fife). The event sponsors areLouie G's and Brothers in Arms Motorcycle Club.

Here's the lineup of bands scheduled to take part:

The Adarna


A Lien Nation


Lakeview Drive

Mom's Rocket

The Mothership

Righteous Vendetta

True Holland

Connect with Rock & Rally for the Troops:

Website: Facebook: Rock & Rally for the Troops

Connect with Operation Ward 57:

Website: Facebook: Operation Ward 57 Twitter: @OperationWard57

Connect with Louie G s:

Website: Facebook: Louie G s

Connect with Brothers in Arms Motorcycle Club:


Facebook: Brothers in Arms Motorcycle Club West Puget Sound

**Band photos courtesy of Seattle Sound Live

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