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Urban SEALs the deal

Monday, September 30, 2013 – Keith Urban presented a check for $300,000 at his show on Saturday night in San Diego) to the Navy SEAL Foundation.

The foundation is a non-profit organization that serves to support SEAL families and their parent commands in easing financial burdens, establishing support networks and funding command-sponsored activities. The donation made backstage prior to his concert at San Diego's Sleep Train Amphitheatre, represents Urban's share of artist and publishing royalties earned from his song For You, written for the motion picture "Act of Valor.

"I have a deep appreciation for the special bond that all of these families feel towards each other and for the commitment that they have made to all of us," said Urban. "The NSF reminds us to acknowledge the importance and sacrifice that is made each and every day by those serving 'down range' as well as their loving families."

"The Navy SEAL Foundation is humbled by Keith's generosity and support of our community and its families," said Robin King, CEO of the Navy SEAL Foundation. His donation "will help fund resiliency retreats for 120 SEALs and their families, fund the opportunity for over 500 Naval Special Warfare children to attend summer camp in 2014, where they'll learn the importance of teamwork, communication, cooperation, goal setting and overcoming adversity."

Urban is currently out on his Light The Fuse Tour in support of his seventh studio album "Fuse."

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