Kellie Pickler has once again partnered with United Service Organizations (USO) to participate in their 11th annual t-shirt campaign.
She and fellow actor Wilmer Valderrama are encouraging fans to donate $ 29 or more to receive their “Official Military Support Uniform” – a limited-edition t-shirt voted on by US servicemen around the world.
Donations raised will help the USO provide morale-boosting entertainment, care packages, military family resources, career transition services and other programs.
In addition, the country singer and Valderrama were also named USO Global Ambassadors. She has participated in 12 USO tours visiting 13 international sites (Afghanistan, Germany, Iraq, Kosovo, UK, Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Kyrgyzstan, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Norway) and one ship at sea; and three national locations.
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Pickler spoke to Fox News about what it means for her to work with the organization.
Fox News: Why is it so special for you to work with the USO?
Picker: I feel so blessed to have found a family at USO and they have made me a part of something that matters. It has truly been a blessing. I just want to do my part. We can all serve to some extent. The USO is really a very beautiful and very special thing to be a part of.
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FN: Can you describe what it is like to perform in front of soldiers and their families?
Picker: This is the best show you can have. It’s not about you, it’s like it’s not about me, it’s about them. i just never knew [that kind of] show anywhere else in the world
I have breakfast, lunch and dinner at every stop I go and get to know the people behind the uniform. And that’s so important, right? It changes life. It is a blessing. [I realize] there is so much we can take for granted and the [servicemen and women] need to know that we don’t take what they do for granted.
FN: How has music during the pandemic helped you stay in touch with veterans, military families and also your fans?
Picker: My husband and I are very close to several active and retired veterans. In fact, we have written extensively with several of our military and veteran friends. We tried to be a sanctuary [in the pandemic] for people who need housing or [be there] for our neighbors who take care of each other.
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We write music and it’s wonderful to sit down and write songs with other veterans or active duty military. There is a healing process that takes place when you write a song and hopefully you can get into the studio. We are also looking forward to hitting the road soon. It has been a long time.
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