"We kind of want to raise awareness of what's going on in our veterans' communities, we want to support families," Corgan told The Associated Press on Tuesday at a Live Nation event promoting National Concert Day.
He added: "It sounds like a very simplistic message, but it needs to be branded in a new way in American society."
Marilyn Manson & Smashing Pumpkins Announce Co-Headlining North American Tour
Corgan attended the event with Col. David Sutherland, chairman of the Easter Seals Dixon Center. The former U.S. Army officer explained why it was important to increase public awareness of issues surrounding the quality of life for veterans, military families and families of the fallen.
"There are 1.4 million veterans from all generations living at or below the poverty line. There's nearly 600,000 that are unemployed, 190,000 post-9/11," Sutherland said. "So it's not just awareness as we forget about the wars. We can't forget about the veterans."
The Smashing Pumpkins' tour kicks off June 16 in Munhall, Pennsylvania, outside Pittsburgh, with Marilyn Manson sharing the bill.
Both Corgan and Manson come from military families.
Said Corgan: "This is a perfect opportunity working with Col. Sutherland to bring that message where people say, `Well, why are you guys doing it?'"