Written by Dabney B. on Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
Troops can get a reminder of what they’re fighting for when Miss USA visits. While Miss USA’s responsibilities typically include drumming up support for charities and great organizations, the various Miss USA’s throughout history have worked to support our troops with visits and bright smiles.
This much-loved singer has been all over Europe and the Middle East, performing for the men and women protecting our country. Jessica believes that she can never do enough to fully thank the troops for their service.
When it comes to raising morale, you can’t get much better than the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. These spunky ladies have made a number of trips to bases. Not only do they put on a variety show for the enlisted men, but troops can also get a chance to chat with these sexy gals after the show.
After the USS Cole was bombed, Kid Rock held a concert, donating all of the proceeds to the families affected by the tragedy. He’s made numerous trips to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait – sometimes on his own dime – to play for troops. And for any members of the military out there reading this, Kid Rock has made his album, Born Free, available to you for free.
The legendary Chuck Norris is actually a military man, himself. He joined the Air Force in the ‘50s. Unfortunately, Chuck lost his brother in Vietnam. Clearly, Chuck is closely tied to the U.S. military, and he expresses his support for the troops with frequent visits to troops stationed abroad.
It feels a bit cheap to lump all of these great comedians into one category, but comedians are among the best supporters of our troops. If laughter is the best medicine, then the service that these comedians provide can help give our soldiers get through long deployments.
This country music star is a staunch supporter of the U.S. military. He regularly tells his audiences his beliefs about the importance of the military, and he even wrote a song that he intended to only play for troops in live shows. His song, “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue,” was so adored by the troops that the Commandant of the Marine Corps, James L. Jones, told Keith that it was his duty as an American citizen to record the song and share it with the country.
Bob was one of the first celebrities to work with the USO to entertain our troops stationed abroad. He and a group of celebrities traveled to March Air Force Base (formerly March Field) in California, sparking a tradition of morale-raising efforts that has become increasingly popular in modern times.
Newton picked up the reigns after Bob Hope passed away, spearheading the USO’s efforts to recruit celebrities for morale. Since he took on that role, he has entertained troops in nearly every major conflict in which America was a participant.
Gary’s name isn’t immediately recognizable to everyone, but his pseudonym, Lieutenant Dan, is sure to turn a few heads. Gary has quite possibly done more to entertain troops abroad than any other celebrity. He has played for hundreds of thousands of enlisted men across the Army, Navy, Air Force, and others with his band, the Lt. Dan Band.
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