In Response To The Bay Area VA Tragedy Last Friday
Dear MOC Family,
Last Friday, we lost some members of our community to yet another act of senseless violence at a VA facility in Northern California. While this shooting did not occur at a facility where Musicians On Call has programs, its victims, Christine Loeber, Jennifer Golick, and Jennifer Gonzales, died while serving as healthcare providers to our Veteran community in the Bay Area. Jennifer also spent time working at a different VA facility in San Francisco where we do have programs, reminding us all how this violence affects so many and can hit too close to home.
While I didn’t know the victims personally, as someone who has spent years working in the veterans, healthcare and nonprofit communities, I can attest to the fact that people like Christine Loeber, Jennifer Golick, and Jennifer Gonzales, are some of the best people our country has. There’s no greater honor than to serve those in need, and you’d be hard-pressed to find better examples of living a life of compassion than what these women and their colleagues were doing to help members of the Veteran community rehabilitate and improve their lives after service.
We believe in times like these, music has the ability to heal. Musicians On Call and our incredible Bay Area volunteers will honor these victims the best way we know how, by sharing hope and healing through music with the patients and families of the San Francisco VA Healthcare System this week, and every week. Join us in sharing the healing power of music through our “MOC Heals Playlist.”
President of Musicians On Call