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Veterans pack The Waiting Room on Veterans Day

Posted at 6:11 AM, Nov 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-12 07:13:47-05

The Waiting Room in Benson was packed Sunday night after giving away at least a hundred tickets to veterans. The night's bill included a chart-topping artist and a couple with a unique tie to jazz.

Vicky Poole planned the night's surprise for her husband Albert for the last month, buying tickets in secret for the show featuring chart-topping artist Julian Vaughn.

"She's pretty good at hiding stuff, so I had no clue," Albert said.

Albert served in the Army and Sunday night's show was a special tribute to the millions like him. But for the Pooles, it was something else too. The night was a celebration for their wedding anniversary.

"I picked up jazz when I was in the military," Albert said. "It moved me and I was kind of surprised because I never thought I'd follow jazz, but after that day, I just got hooked."

Julian Vaughn has family who served.

"My grandfather was a veteran, so I have much appreciation for all the vets out there," Vaughn said.

But he never thought he'd make an impact on the people who protect the country.

"One show I did on the east coast, a veteran came up to me and he was missing an arm and part of his face," Vaughn said. "My music really helped him through some situations and I couldn't believe it. I didn't even know what to say. This day and honoring veterans--it holds a special place in my heart."

A show like tonight drives Vaughn to perform at his best.

"I want them to be wowed, I want them to never forget this moment, never forget the music, never forget how they felt on this night," Vaughn said.