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McGraw launches effort to help vets

Thursday, May 24, 2012 – Tim McGraw is launching a nationwide program, HomeFront, in partnership with Chase and Operation Homefront to award mortgage-free homes to wounded warriors and service members in need at each concert of his summer tour.

Both ACM Lifting Lives, the charitable arm of the Academy of Country Music, and The Premier Group on behalf of the North Carolina Furniture Manufacturers, have made substantial contributions to support the program throughout the summer.

To kick-start the HomeFront program, McGraw will perform a special Memorial Day concert of remembrance and gratitude for service members at New York City's Beacon Theatre during Fleet Week in partnership with Chase and the United Service Organizations (USO). The show will be streamed live via YouTube and to military bases around the world on The Pentagon Channel.

"My sister's a veteran of the first Gulf War. My uncle was a Vietnam veteran, and my grandfather was a World War II veteran. I've always felt a deep sense of respect and obligation to our troops," said McGraw. "Being able to reward them for their dedicated work with a new home will be even more rewarding for us. It feels so good to give back to them, and to have the opportunity to entertain them on Memorial Day is something I'm honored to do."

On June 2 in Tampa, McGraw will launch the Brothers of the Sun Tour with Kenny Chesney through August.

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