Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 20, 2014

Military tribute planned at Second Chance concert

BLUEFIELD — A special military tribute is planned Saturday as part of the Second Chance Rocks the Two Virginias concert.

Sal Gonzales Jr., who worked as a machine gunner for two-and-a-half years for the U.S. Marine Corps and was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon and Purple Heart for wounds received in combat, will serve as this year’s special Wounded Warrior speaker and performer at the Second Chance Rocks the Virginia’s concert at Mitchell Stadium, according to Wounded Warrior Director Mark Stowers.

Stowers said Gonzales — who is also a contestant in the upcoming season of “America’s Got Talent” on NBC — will perform around 2:15 p.m. at the concert, several hours before headliners Florida Georgia Line and Nelly take the stage.

Stowers said Gonzales was born and raised in East Los Angeles, Calif. He currently lives in Nashville, Tenn., where he continues to write and perform music while also serving in the Wounded Warrior Project.

Stowers said the military tribute has been held each year since the first Second Chance Rocks the Two Virginias Concert.

“During the first one I approached Erik (Robinson) about it and he said absolutely 100 percent,” Stowers said. “He is all about supporting the military and the Wounded Warrior Project. Eric has been just top notch with his support. He will do anything to help the Wounded Warrior Project

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