The Eagles‘ guitarist Joe Walsh recently revealed why he is dedicated to veterans during an interview with Rolling Stone, and apparently, his father was also in the army and passed away when Walsh was only 2 years old.

As you may know, Joe Walsh has been organizing an annual concert around the Veteran’s Day holiday named ‘VetsAid’ for the past three years in order to support The United States veterans and their families in addition to raising funds for veterans services groups across the country.

For this year’s ‘Joe Walsh & Friends Present VetsAid 2020: Home for the Holidays,’ it’s going to be a virtual music festival rather than a live show with a live audience due to COVID-19. The festival is set for December 12, not on the Veteran’s Day holiday.

Artists that will appear at the event include Jon Bon Jovi, Metallica frontman James Hetfield, Alice Cooper, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, the Killers’ Brandon Flowers, Blake Shelton, Jason Isbell, and comedian Drew Carey.

During a recent interview, Joe Walsh was asked about his passion for helping veterans and their families. Apparently, his dedication comes from his father who was in the Army Air Corps before Air Force and, unfortunately, passed away when Walsh was two years old.

Furthermore, Walsh stated that he misses his father since he was his role model and hero. He also mentioned that waiting for someone to come back from the war and end up not coming is an extremely terrible feeling.

Here is what Walsh said:

“I guess the foundation of it all is that I am the gold-star kid. My dad died when I was two; he was in the Army Air Corps before there was an Air Force. I have a stepfather, who I love, who is always having my back, but until I got a stepfather, I just always wondered if my dad approved of me.

I just miss my dad, like everybody, to throw a ball with, pick him up as a role model… He’s always been, my hero… A lot of those who don’t come back from the war – it’s an awful feeling. I see the courage and sadness that gold-star families have, and I just couldn’t help but feel a part of it.”

You can click here to see the source of the interview.