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Keith visits troops

Thursday, April 25, 2013 – Toby Keith will visit and perform for troops and their families stationed in the Philippines, Guam and Hawaii as part of his 11th USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour April 27 - May 7.

Keith will perform hits from his upcoming "Toby Keith Hammer Down Tour Presented by Ford F-Series" - which kicks off June 8 in Ozark, Ark. He also will play several USO shows for sailors, airmen, soldiers and Marines. The shows are private and open only to military ID holders.

"I can't say enough about the USO and the importance of these tours. The USO has proven continuously that they are always by the side of our troops and military families. They are on the frontlines, serving troops in harms way. They are with their loved ones, helping to keep them connected through phone calls and tours like this. They are involved in the recovery process, supporting our wounded, ill and injured. And they are also there for our fallen families providing comfort and support. I am honored to volunteer with the USO again, and I look forward to heading over to the Pacific to entertain them there."

Last year, Keith celebrated a decade of touring the globe with the USO and capped off the year with a return USO visit to the Middle East. Since his first USO tour in 2002, Keith has traveled to 15 countries as well as visited troops aboard the USS Enterprise, USS Leyte Gulf, USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Cape Saint George. He has visited are Afghanistan, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia, Cuba, Djibouti, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, South Korea and the U.S., playing to about 225,000 soldiers.

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