Fri, 24 May 2012(Note: a technical glitch caused this post to disappear for two days. It is being reposted on the 26th.)
Country music superstar Tim McGraw
is launching a nationwide program called HomeFront in partnership with Chase and Operation Homefront
to award mortgage-free homes to wounded warriors and servicemembers in need at each concert of his summer tour.
The home giveaways will begin this coming Memorial Day weekend, as McGraw performs a USO concert in New York City as part of the Fleet Week celebration. At each of his 23 music tour stops this summer, McGraw will present a home to one warrior. On the news page of his fan club site, McGraw is quoted as saying, "My sister's a veteran of the first Gulf War. My uncle was a Vietnam veteran and my grandfather was a World War II veteran. I've always felt a deep sense of respect and obligation to our troops. Being able to reward them for their dedicated work with a new home will be even more rewarding for us. It feels so good to give back to them, and to have the opportunity to entertain them on Memorial Day is something I'm honored to do."
A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers across 22 Chapters and has met more than 590,000 needs of military families since its inception in 2002. A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, 94 percent of total revenue donated to Operation Homefront goes directly to assist service members.
Additionally, both ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, and The Premier Group on behalf of the North Carolina Furniture Manufacturers, have made substantial contributions to support the program throughout the summer.
In October of 2010, this writer had the privilege of chatting with McGraw, albeit briefly, after an invitation-only presentation that he gave in Nashville. I found him to be personable, even under a tight schedule.
(rhymes with "watch") lives near Nashville, is a former USAF Blue Beret, and has written two books plus numerous columns for several online publications. While in the Air Force, he led two counter-terrorist teams, prevented an international incident (with Iran, relating to the embassy hostage crisis
) and served on a presidential protection detail. Tom is an inventor, a horse wrangler, a certified paralegal, an actor, and former network talk-show host. He has also run for Congress, and is the national chairman of Veterans United to Save America. To learn more, visit: www.TomKovach.US