Aaron Tippin visits troops in Afghanistan
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
– Aaron Tippin will spend this Thanksgiving holiday with U.S. soldiers overseas Nov. 18-27 in Afghanistan by entertaining the troops there.
"Those are the real working men and women, and if I can repay even an ounce of what they are doing for me, my family, and my country by taking their mind off of the day-to-day risks…well, I can't think of a better thing to do with my time," Tippin said earlier today. "They have been fighting for the rights we take for granted every day, and I want to make sure they know we're thankful."
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