When Roger Waters started his tour of "The Wall" in early 2010, he wanted to create a connection between the concept album's anti-war sentiment and the former soldiers who returned from battle wounded. He asked his brother-in-law, Jim Durning, to invite veterans to the shows, perhaps 20 in each city.

"It was moving and illuminating -- we learned so much about the challenges they face," says Durning, who handles Waters' merchandise and veterans-outreach efforts, having brought more than 1,500 wounded vets to The Wall Live shows and orchestrated meet-and-greets with Waters.

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