WWI concert connects community, helps local veterans

A World War I Benefit Concert at American Legion Post 374 in Des Moines, Iowa, helped commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I and benefited the Puppy Jake Foundation, a a local nonprofit that trains and provides service dogs to veterans living with PTSD, physical disabilities or other service-related challenges. Photo by Matthew Putney/The American Legion
Service dog in training Captain Bill and his trainer, Kris Dobesh represent the Puppy Jake Foundation, who received donations from the proceeds of  the World War I Benefit Concert at American Legion Post 374 in Des Moines, Iowa. The concert commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I. Photo by Matthew Putney/The American Legion
Service dog in training Captain Bill and his trainer, Kris Dobesh represent the Puppy Jake Foundation, who received donations from the proceeds of the World War I Benefit Concert at American Legion Post 374 in Des Moines, Iowa. The concert commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I. Photo by Matthew Putney/The American Legion
Des Moines, Iowa American Legion Post 374 member Dennis Roff talks with Patty Nearmyer before the World War I Benefit Concert to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I. Photo by Matthew Putney/The American Legion
Des Moines, Iowa American Legion Post 374 member Dennis Roff talks with Patty Nearmyer before the World War I Benefit Concert to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I. Photo by Matthew Putney/The American Legion
Kris Dobesh with Puppy Jake Foundation and her service dog in training arrive for a World War I Benefit Concert at American Legion Post 374 in Des Moines, Iowa, to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I. Photo by Matthew Putney/The American Legion
Kris Dobesh with Puppy Jake Foundation and her service dog in training arrive for a World War I Benefit Concert at American Legion Post 374 in Des Moines, Iowa, to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I. Photo by Matthew Putney/The American Legion
Des Moines, Iowa East High School bugler Dominic Morris performs during the World War I Benefit Concert at American Legion Post 374 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I.Photo by Matthew Putney/The American Legion
Des Moines, Iowa East High School bugler Dominic Morris performs during the World War I Benefit Concert at American Legion Post 374 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I.Photo by Matthew Putney/The American Legion
Post 374 Adjutant Colette Ford stands to be recognized during the medley of service songs during the World War I Benefit Concert at American Legion Post 374 in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo by Matthew Putney/The American Legion
Post 374 Adjutant Colette Ford stands to be recognized during the medley of service songs during the World War I Benefit Concert at American Legion Post 374 in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo by Matthew Putney/The American Legion
Highland Park’s St. Luke Episcopal Church Men's Chorus performs during the World War I Benefit Concert at American Legion Post 374 in Des Moines, Iowa, to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I. Photo by Matthew Putney/The American Legion
Highland Park’s St. Luke Episcopal Church Men's Chorus performs during the World War I Benefit Concert at American Legion Post 374 in Des Moines, Iowa, to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I. Photo by Matthew Putney/The American Legion