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15 April 2009
USO Tour Veteran Toby Keith to Re-Deploy to Persian Gulf on Annual Visit with America's Troops


Scheduled to touch down on more than 11 small, remote forward operating bases, Keith will also shake hands with newly deployed troops and perform 17 shows in 11 days.

Soon to be recognized by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) for his ongoing support of U.S. troops and their families, Keith will receive the MOAA Distinguished Service Award on April 21, 2009. Presented to civilians who continually give back to military personnel and go above and beyond the call of duty to enhance their lives, Keith will be honored in a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. alongside other notable figures.

"There aren't enough words to describe just how grateful I am to our nation's troops," said Keith. "I've participated in several USO tours over the years and I've seen first hand their sacrifice. And I will not stop doing all I can to show my support and lift their spirits."

A native of Oklahoma, Keith has repeatedly taken time out to tour with the USO. Since working with the organization in 2002, he has traveled to more than 10 countries, participated in more than 128 events and entertained more than 118,000 service members, often at small bases. When he's not out visiting troops, Keith is busy recording tracks or making movies. Since 1993, Keith has released 14 studio albums and sold more than 30 million CDs. His latest album, "That Don't Make Me A Bad Guy" was released in late 2008.

In times of peace and war, the USO consistently delivers its special brand of entertainment and comfort to service men and women around the world. In 2008, celebrity entertainers traveled to 27 countries and 23 states, entertaining more than 236,000 troops and their families.

For a list of USO tours, visit www.uso.org To learn more about the USO or to find out how to support the troops, visit www.uso.org.
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