The metro organization, Soundz of Freedom, hosted a basketball game for veterans with former college star athletes.
"We all need to be there and shake their hand and thank them for their service and not just kind of push them aside," said Lisbeth Anderson, the founder of the organization.
Close to 100 veterans, spectators, basketball players, and supporters packed in Bellevue West's gym for the event.
Anderson started the organization after her son returned home wounded from Iraq, and suffering from PTSD.
"There's that feeling that nobody really understands unless they've been there," said Justin Anderson, whose knee was shot in combat.
Soundz of Freedom hosts an annual music festival in the fall, but decided to partner with other organizations for the basketball fundraiser after big basketball names in Nebraska expressed interest.
"They do so much for us and sometimes they don't get recognized enough so it's for a good cause to come out and hopefully put on a good show," said Michael Jenkins, the assistant basketball coach at Bellevue West.
"For me it really is heart-warming and it's very humbling to know that there is this much support out there," said Justin.