Nov 6th – A Music and Movie Tribute to our Veterans, Cobb Civic Center, Marietta GA (General Admission $10)

Join the Tunnel Rats Band to help support our Veterans! The Tunnel Rats will be performing at the Jennie T. Anderson Theater for the GVVA Fundraiser: A Music and Movie Tribute to our Veterans – See the details below.

GVVA Event November 6



Reserve your seat:

General Admission: $10.00
Veterans and Seniors (62+): $5.00
Children 12 and under: Free

Company Sponsorship

The Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance, Chapter 1, is seeking Company Sponsorships to benefit the Colonel Al Rowe Holiday Food Program

Download Company Sponsorship Form: Music and Movie Tribute to Our Veterans – Donation Form

Sponsorship Request Letter:

Nov 3rd – Giving Thanks for Those Who Served, United Military Care, Marietta, GA

Banner for United Military Care - Giving Thanks for Those Who Served

The Tunnel Rats will perform for the United Military Care event, Giving Thanks to Those Who Served, from 11:00am until 1:30pm at the United Military Care facility, 1220 Old Canton Rd, Marietta, Georgia 30062.

This is a free event. Donations of new hats, scarves, gloves, and ponchos for homeless Veterans are appreciated.

Join us for hamburgers and hotdogs prepared by our very own Vet-Chefs while you listen to great musical entertainment. You have the chance to sit and talk with Veterans from World War II through Present Day and show thanks for everyone that has served! Donations of new hats, scarves, gloves and ponchos will be accepted to help homeless Veterans over the winter months.

Oct 6th – 3rd Annual Veterans Appreciation & Education Day, Murphy NC

The Tunnel Rats returned to the Band of Brothers Veterans Park in Murphy, NC, to perform from 12:45 to 1:45 for the 3rd Annual Veterans Appreciation & Education Day hosted by the Cherokee County (NC) School System and Sheriff’s Department.  If you are ever in the area, you want to visit this amazing Veterans Park.


Band of Brothers Veteran’s Park 430 Carriage Lane Murphy, NC 28906

Program Schedule:

  • 10:00 AM – Presentation of colors, Prayer, Pledge, National Anthem, opening remarks
  • 10:30 to 11:45 – Rogers Family Gospel Band
  • 11:00 ish – Grilling hamburgers and other goodies
  • 12:00 Noon – Parachute Jumpers
  • 12:45 to 1:45 – The Tunnel Rats Band  <– NEW TIME
  • 2:00 to 3:00 – Hayes Family Gospel Band

Colonel Al Rowe Memorial Holiday Food Program

The mission of the Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance (GVVA) Chapter One:

To provide quality services and support, based upon the concepts of self-esteem and self improvement, to Vietnam veterans throughout the State of Georgia that will enhance and enrich their lives and the lives of their families.

The Georgia Vietnam Veterans Alliance Chapter One, Marietta GA, raises money each year to fund the Colonel Al Rowe Memorial Holiday Food Program. For over 12 years, this program has served over 3,500 Active Duty, Guardsman, Veterans’ families, disabled Veterans and their widows, with utilities and living expenses.

In 2006 at the beginning of the war of Iraqi Freedom, Colonel Al Rowe, GVVA Chapter One president, 2001-2006, and the GVVA board recognized an urgent need of active duty military families.  Lower ranking military personnel were struggling with minimum military pay while serving during the war, leaving some unable to afford a holiday meal for their families at Thanksgiving and Christmas. To answer the need the GVVA Chapter 1 established the Holiday Food Program.

As the GVVA became more involved they realized the need spread into the vast veteran community in Cobb County and beyond.The Holiday Food Program is now directed in coordination with the Command of Dobbins Air Reserve Base of the U.S. Air Force and the Georgia National Guard to identify the families that need assistance with food during the holidays. Over the past 12 years, the Holiday Food Program has helped feed over 3,000 families who has a member actively serving our nation or state.  The Holiday Food Program has also assisted needy veterans with food, utilities, or living expenses.

Upon Colonel Al Rowe’s death in 2014, the GVVA Board of Directors  renamed the program in his his honor for his dedicated service to the veterans and the military families in our community.

For more information contact:

Georgia Vietanam Veterans Alliance, Chapter One
PO Box 669215
Marietta, GA 30066

President: Al Heflin
Vice President: Bob Humphries
Secretary: Kathy Collar
Treasurer: John Bevich

Sept 2nd 10:00am – Heritage Festival in Blairsville

The Tunnel Rats performing at Vogel State Park, Blairsville, GA. August 26, 2017
The Tunnel Rats, Blairsville, GA. August 26, 2017

The Tunnel Rats Band performed at the Annual Heritage Festival in Blairsville, GA September 1st, and 2nd.  They enjoyed jamming at the Seasons Inn on Friday night, and outside The Hole In The Wall – a local eatery – on Saturday and Sunday.  The band took the stage at the Heritage Festival on Sunday morning at 10:00 am.

“We know we have hit the mark when someone in the audience takes the time after the show to come up to members of the band to say thank you, and share how the songs touched them.”

Heritage Festival

August 25 – A Salute to Vietnam Veterans – Cobb Civic Center

The Tunnel Rats were honored to perform for Vietnam Veterans, their families and friends as the Georgia Department of Veterans Service and Cobb County Commissioner Mike Boyce recognized Vietnam veterans in the Cobb County area. The Tunnel Rats set up outside and played from 12:30pm to 2:00pm.

Enjoy the slide show:

Tunnel Rats performing a crowd pleaser:

August 20, 4:00pm to 6:00pm – Purple Heart Cruise Fundraiser at Semper Fi Bar and Grille

The Tunnel Rats performed at the Purple Heart Cruise Fundraiser on Monday, August 20, 2018, from 4:00pm – 6:00pm at Semper Fi Bar & Grille.

The Purple Heart Cruise is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds giving wounded service men and women respite from their long journey through injury and rehabilitation.

The cruise invites wounded warriors and their caregivers get away, if just for a week.

Join us, other veterans, and the community in supporting this worthy cause.