The USO and Toby Keith Celebrate a Decade of Touring the Globe in Support of Troops and Their Families
12-Day Troop Visit Marks Tenth USO Tour for the Singer/Songwriter, Who Has
Lifted the Spirits of More Than 182,600 Service Members
Twitter Pitch: @the_USO and @tobykeithmusic celebrate 10 years together on
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ARLINGTON, VA. (April 24, 2012) – Award-‐winning
singer/songwriter Toby Keith celebrates a decade of touring the globe,
performing shows and visiting troops with the USO during five-country, 12-day
USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour. Traveling to the Middle East to lift the
spirits of troops and their families, the megastar will continue his
longstanding tradition of visiting remote forward operating bases and
delivering a much-needed touch of home.
four-days into his 12-day USO tour, Keith has lifted the spirits of more
than 3,900 service members stationed in Bahrain and aboard the USS Abraham
Lincoln, among other locations.
- Since his
first USO tour in 2002, Keith has traveled to more than 14 countries and
participated in nine USO tours. Among the countries visited are
Afghanistan, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia, Cuba, Djibouti, Germany, Iraq,
Italy, South Korea, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan and Macedonia.
- In total,
the star has participated in 211 USO shows and meet & greets and
lifted the spirits of more than 182,600 service men and women on more than
100 military installations.
- In 2007,
while visiting troops in Afghanistan, Keith recognized the need to deliver
the day-to-day comforts of home to service members stationed far away from
main bases and USO centers. His idea became known as the “USO2GO” program
- which sends much-needed electronics, entertainment, non-perishable
comfort food and personal care items to troops stationed in remote
locations. To date, 942 “USO2GO” kits have been distributed to 15
countries and more than 600 remote forward operating bases since the
program’s inception in 2008.
Keith’s commitment and devotion to the U.S. military extends far beyond
annual USO entertainment tours. Whether offering a complimentary burger
and a drink to service members returning to the states at his growing
chain of restaurants, visiting wounded troops or advocating for veterans
in the media, his support is never ending.
in October 2011, "Clancy's Tavern" is Keith's latest No.
1 album. The project includes the chart topping singles, “Made in America”
and “Red Solo Cup,” which has logged more than 15 million online views
becoming the biggest viral sensation in country music history. The video
just received two 2012 CMT Music Awards nominations for Video of The Year
and Male Video of The Year. Toby's new single "Beers Ago" is on
its way to becoming another huge hit for the singer, songwriter and
summer, Toby will hit the road with his “Live in Overdrive Tour Presented
by Ford F-Series,” which will kick off June 14 in Salt Lake City.
Attributed to Toby Keith:
“I can’t believe it has already been a decade, it feels like just yesterday
when I first started working with the USO. I’ve met so many great, brave
service men and women over the years and had so many wonderful experiences,
that I can barely remember them all. One thing is for sure, I enjoy working
with the USO, I love our nation’s troops, and I won’t ever stop doing my part
to extend my thanks.”
Attributed to USO President Sloan Gibson:
"The USO considers it a real privilege to have worked with Toby Keith over
the last ten years. He has such a genuine interest in enhancing the lives of
our nation’s troops and is truly among our biggest and most recognized
supporters. We can’t thank him enough for all of the support he has shown us
over the last decade and we look forward to many more years together.”
USO Toby Keith Tour Photos: http://bit.ly/A6cqA5
USO Fact Sheet: http://bit.ly/yaebvo
USO Logo: https://uso.box.net/shared/6q5cq0siij
USO Toby Keith PSA: http://bit.ly/bVwJxL
AFE Logo: http://bit.ly/bCGwld
SOCIAL MEDIA AND OTHER WEB SITES:
Twitter: http://twitter.com/the_USO,http://twitter.com/tobykeithmusic and http://twitter.com/ArmedForcesEnt
Facebook: www.facebook.com/theUSO, www.facebook.com/tobykeith and www.facebook.com/ArmedForcesEnt
Web: www.uso.org, www.tobykeith.com and www.armedforcesentertainment.com
About the USO
The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America’s troops
and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide.
We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in
the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and
services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most,
including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors and
their families and the families of the fallen.
The USO is a private, nonprofit organization, not a government agency. We
rely on the generosity of our volunteers and donors. In addition to individual
donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President’s Circle
Partners: American Airlines, AT&T, Clear Channel, Kangaroo Express, Kroger,
Lowe’s, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Procter & Gamble, and TriWest
Healthcare Alliance and Worldwide Strategic Partners: BAE Systems, The Boeing
Company, The Coca-Cola Company, Lockheed Martin, and Microsoft Corporation. We
are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign
(CFC-11381). To join us in this patriotic mission, and to learn more about the
USO, please visit uso.org.