/Sept 2014

Justice for Vets

Justice For Vets is a nonprofit based in Virginia, and is a division of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. They are dedicated to transforming the way in which the justice system interacts with veterans. They strive to ensure that veterans treatment courts are within reach of all veterans in need, and they provide training and technical assistance so that communities can serve veterans suffering from mental health disorders, trauma, and substance use. Through their work, they keep veterans out of jail and prison. They have helped to establish over 200 veterans treatment courts, trained over 3,000 court staff, and conducted 16 volunteer veteran mentor boot camp trainings for 1,000 veteran mentors from across 30 states.

“JusticeAid is the hardest working, most generous, and committed fundraising partner I’ve had the privilege of working with in my 20 years of non-profit work. In one night, our JusticeAid-hosted concert raised more money and public awareness than a year of intensive activity. I feel blessed to have been selected by JusticeAid to further our work with veterans and I urge any cause to jump at the opportunity to join forces with them.”

West Huddleston, CEO, National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Justice for Vets Website

To raise awareness of this important cause, JusticeAid hosted An Evening with Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews and Shemekia Copeland at the Warner Theatre on Sunday, September 14th in Washington, D.C.


Trombone Shorty

Troy Andrews has literally burst onto the music scene in the past few years. His accomplishments are nothing short of remarkable.

  • Performer of the Year:  Offbeat Magazine’s 2013 Best of the Beat Music Awards
  • HBO Treme: Appearances in six episodes of this HBO hit series
  • The White HouseWhite House Performance as part of the Black History Month celebration, In Performance at the White House: Red, White & Blues, a PBS premiere (February 2012)
  • NCAA/CBS Credits: Hit single “Do To Me” featured before both semi-final games of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Tournament on CBS
  • Service Accolades: President’s Medal from Tulane University’s President Scott Cowen in recognition of Andrews’ community service work with the Horns for Schools Project
  • Performance & Recordings: Supported shows for Jeff Beck and Dave Matthews Band. Appeared on Conan, Late Night with David Letterman, Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Austin City Limits. Recorded with Eric Clapton, Dr. John, Lenny Kravitz, and Galactic

Finally, Andrews has formed The Trombone Shorty Foundation (an outgrowth of his Horns for Schools Project), whose mission is to preserve the unique musical culture of New Orleans by passing down its traditions to future generations. In furthering his mission, Andrews donates instruments to New Orleans schools and has recently partnered with Tulane University to provide mentoring for aspiring music students in the new After School Academy.

Read about Trombone Shorty’s remarkable September 2014 performance for Justice for Vets.

Shorty’s Website

Shemekia Copeland

While only in her early 30s, two-time Grammy nominee Shemekia Copeland is already a force to be reckoned with in the blues. She’s opened for the Rolling Stones, headlined at the Chicago Blues Festival, scored critics choice awards on both sides of the Atlantic (The New York Times and The Times of London), shared the stage with such luminaries as Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Mick Jagger, and Eric Clapton, and has even performed at the White House for former President and Mrs. Obama.

Born in Harlem, New York, in 1979, Copeland is the daughter of the late Texas blues guitar legend Johnny Clyde Copeland, who always encouraged her to sing at home, and even brought her on stage to sing at Harlem’s famed Cotton Club when she was just eight years old.

Read about Shemekia’s JusticeAid performance in 2014 in support of Justice for Vets.

I just love what I do. And I love DOING what I do.

Shemekia Copeland, Performing artist

Copeland’s passion for singing, matched with her huge, blast-furnace voice, gives her music a timeless power and a heart-pounding urgency. Her music comes from deep within her soul and from the streets where she grew up, surrounded by the everyday sounds of the city – street performers, gospel singers, blasting radios, bands in local parks and so much more.

The Boston Globe raves about her “sizzling hot intensity.” The Village Voice describes her artist’s prowess as “nothing short of uncanny.” To Shameika Copeland, her passion for the blues is as crystal-clear as her vocals.