#PostMetallica

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Yeah, that’s me in the hat behind the Marine.

One of the highlights of my year was getting to attend the Concert for Valor, put on by HBO on the Capitol Mall on Veterans Day. Thanks to a dear friend and fellow Army veteran (who trended that night on Twitter as #whiplashgirl), I got to watch the entire show close up. And yes, I even got to be on stage, right behind Lars (and my blonde headbanger friend) when Metallica stole the show with an epic set. Beforehand, the stage managers gave us our places on risers, and our instructions before going on were: a) don’t leave our place on stage for any reason; and b) rock the fuck out. Always trust a group of veterans to accomplish whatever mission is given to us.

I took a quick pic of the view from on stage before Metallica came on and took their places. Gotta say it was unforgettable to see this many people, mostly veterans, going wild on the Capitol Mall.

I took a quick pic of the view from on stage before Metallica came on and took their places. Gotta say it was unforgettable to see this many people, mostly veterans, going wild on the Capitol Mall.

My life heretofore will be described as either “pre-Metallica” or “post-Metallica.” The concert was a revelation, and wildly fun. We thrashed the whole set, and our group of fifty or so veterans nearly brought down the risers and the partition behind us. You can watch the full Metallica set HERE.

Thanks to HBO and all of the excellent entertainers who showed their genuine and heartfelt support for what veterans have contributed through our service. My favorites that night included John Oliver (always), Metallica (absolutely), the Zac Brown Band, Bruce Springsteen, and the Jennifer Hudson / Jessie J duo performance of “Titanium.” There was a lot to like all night, though. I hope all the veterans who weren’t able to attend felt the love and energy watching on television.

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