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McCoy heads to Persian Gulf

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 – Neal McCoy will soon trek to the Persian Gulf as part of a USO/MNC-I expeditionary entertainment tour. Visiting troops on what will be his 13th USO tour, McCoy and his band will perform, dine with service members, pose for photographs, stop at command posts and sign autographs.

The son of an Irish American father who served in the U.S. Army and a Filipino mother, McCoy has worked with the USO for almost a decade and entertained millions of troops both stateside and abroad. In 2005, McCoy won the Academy of Country Music's Home Depot Humanitarian Award for his on-going efforts in support of U.S. troops and the East Texas Angels Network, an organization he and his wife founded that raises money to support families of children with terminal or life-threatening diseases.

"What I enjoy most is visiting and performing for our troops," said McCoy. "I try to make my music a diversion for them, a place where they can escape, envision their families and visit their friends back home. I'll forever be indebted to the USO for affording me that opportunity."

Exact details of the trip were not disclosed.

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