Mark Rivera Discusses The Importance Of Helping Servicemen And Women On Veterans Day

You know him as Billy Joel‘s consummate sax player. But to Scott Shannon in the Morning, Mark Rivera is a regular on the show. Honestly, they should get the guy his own chair.

Rivera makes routine appearances to discuss his album Common Bond, Billy Joel’s residency at Madison Square Garden, plus all of the solo shows he has on the docket. On Veterans Day, Rivera stopped by the studio to talk about possibly his most important work as a board advisor for the organization Give An Hour; a non-profit providing free mental health services to US military personal and families affected by the conflicts currently occurring in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“It’s a fantastic organization that gives an hour of free therapy to any returning Vet with PTSD or any problem,” says Rivera. “The reason I can do what I do on the stage and we can all do what we do in this great country because some of them make the ultimate sacrifice.”

Earlier this year, Time reported that suicide rates among male veterans under the age of 30 jumped a staggering “44 percent between 2009 and 2011”; that’s about two young men per day. The suicide rate of female veterans during that same period rose 11%.

Veterans continue to have a suicide rate higher than the general population, with an estimated “22 former servicemen and women committing suicide every day.”

Mark Rivera on the STAR PHONE

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Shannon in the Morning

For more information on Give An Hour and how you can help, visit giveanhour.org.

Rivera is performing at the Cutting Room in New York City tomorrow night (November 12). Tickets are available at for purchase HERE and also at the door.


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