Met Musicians Fall In at the V.A.

Met Musicians Fall In at the V.A.

A weathered military veteran behind a curbside table is selling hats, stickers, and Armed Forces regalia. To fight the autumn chill, he wears an army jacket, its olive green fabric appearing as geometric chunks between Vietnam service ribbons, patches, and other military insignia. With his flowing white beard, he could play Santa’s tougher brother.

“Hey, what you got in there? An AK-47?” he jokes. “Or is that an AR-15?”

It is the first time that Daniel Shelly’s bassoon case has been mistaken for a weapons carrier – or at least with such precision...

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