“I’ve been traveling with the USO since 2002, and every year I look forward to spending time with the men and women who serve this great country. When I get on stage and look out into a crowd of uniforms, it gives me a great sense of pride to know that I am giving back to them.” - Toby Keith
ARLINGTON, VA. (April 27, 2010) – Award-winning singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith recently set out on a four-country USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour... the megastar is on a mission to deliver a much-needed break to troops serving overseas.
So far, the 14-day USO tour has lifted the spirits of more than 2,500 service members. Among the installations visited were Camp Walker, Camp Bonifas and Yongsan Army base in Korea.
Since his first USO tour in 2002, Keith has traveled to more than 10 countries and participated in seven previous USO tours. In total, he has lifted the spirits of more than 140,000 service men and women, many at small remote outposts.
In recognition of his ongoing support for U.S. troops and their families, Keith was presented the 2009 Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) Distinguished Service Award.
This trip marks the eighth USO trip for Keith.
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, 374 “USO2Go” kits have been distributed since the program’s inception in 2008.
About the USO
The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases around the world, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services tailored to meet troop needs. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops and their families, wounded warriors and their families, and the families of the fallen. For more information, please visit www.uso.org.