When we caught up with John Reese a few weeks ago about the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival a few weeks back, we talked about a lot of things, but one thing we neglected to mention his charity work. Since 2011, Reese has been giving back to the community via Metal of Honor, a charity that’s dedicated to the armed forces. Reese notes to the Pheonix New Times that veterans make up a large percentage of metal fans and “A lot of them go to our shows, and a lot of them go into battle listening to heavy metal music. So we wanted to do something to give back to the military.”
Metal of Honor supports many different charities such as Pathway Home, a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder rehab center in San Francisco Bay, and Hope For The Warriors. The charity doesn’t just stop at humans though; it also supports ‘Puppy Rescue Mission,’ which brings back the dogs left in Afghanistan. At each date, a veteran, or “hometown hero,” is chosen to come up onstage and tell his or her story and what they’ve done for the country. They’re then presented with a Metal of Honor guitar signed by bands on the tour.
You can find out more about Reese’s charity here.