LIVERMORE -- Staff Sgt. Jason Ross was on patrol with his unit in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive went off, severing both his legs and causing other severe wounds.

In just the one-year period following the March 7, 2011 explosion, the Marine underwent more than 200 surgeries and procedures to stabilize his injuries and care for his wounds, which still need to be dressed each day.

"It's one thing to the next," said his father George Ross, Jr., who gave up his job to care for his son and help with Jason's 5- and 3-year-old daughters.

Ross, who grew up in Livermore and graduated from Granada High School, is one of a few severely wounded military service members a group of local organizations are hoping to support with its upcoming "Tri-Valley's Benefit Concert for Our Wounded."

The event, which will take place on Oct. 10, will feature a concert by Kenny Loggins at Wente Vineyards in Livermore.

Actor Joe Mantegna, who met Ross at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, rearranged his "Criminal Minds" shooting schedule to emcee, and American Idol finalist Lacey Brown will perform.

The concert is the brainchild of George Bowen, who met Ross through his son, a fellow Marine. He originally proposed a small concert, but four local groups -- VFW 6298, American Legion Post 235, Valley Veterans Foundation of Livermore and Pleasanton Military Families -- decided to collaborate, and it grew into a larger effort.

"This idea was a magnet," Bowen said. "The community coalesced around it."

The Stand Up and Play Foundation — a nationwide organization that assists people with impaired mobility — is partnering with the local groups to present the event.

The Gary Sinise Foundation provided a sizable donation, and numerous other people and groups, from the San Francisco 49'ers and Giants to corporate sponsors Chevron and Safeway to the Wente Vineyards staff members and Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department medics who will donate their time, are also contributing.

"We've been really happy people responded," said Pat Frizzell, chairwoman of Pleasanton Military Families. "We're excited it just took off. We just hope people attend so it's a big success for our wounded."

Bowen said the aim is to provide local wounded warriors with assistance for peripheral expenses, such as the higher utility bills amputees might incur because their body temperature is more difficult to regulate and they must either run the air or heat constantly.

"The key thing we're financing are needs not met through government benefits," he said.

Wounded warriors who currently live, or who once lived in the Tri-Valley for at least five years, are eligible to apply for the grant money generated from the net proceeds of ticket sales.

"They've lost so much," said Mitzi Parr, a former Air Force sergeant who is organizing the concert's volunteer efforts. "It's not just now -- it's in the future they are going to need help."

A committee composed of members from each of the four local military associations and other current and former military personnel will evaluate the applications to determine the grant amounts.

As for Jason, Ross Jr. said he is looking forward to attending the concert -- he currently resides in San Diego to attend Balboa Hospital — seeing some friends and reconnecting with his home.

IF YOU GO:
  • What: Tri-Valley's Benefit Concert for Our Wounded
  • When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10
  • Where: Wente Vineyards, 5565 Tesla Road, Livermore
  • Cost: $99-$249. Net ticket proceeds will benefit local wounded warriors
  • More information and to purchase tickets: www.concertforwounded.com