March 3rd, 2010
05:35 PM ET

Tim McGraw: A 'Southern voice' for the troops

Tim McGraw is no stranger to philanthropy.  The Grammy-winning country star has done benefit concerts and other charity work for years, and in 2004, he and wife Faith Hill founded Neighbor's Keeper, which funds local organizations assisting communities in need.

The latest recipient of his determination to help is Operation Homefront, which supports U.S. troops, veterans and their families.  McGraw has recorded a public service announcement for the non-profit, and T-shirt sales on his current "Southern Voice" tour will benefit the group.

McGraw's tour sponsor, Outback Steakhouse, is spearheading the campaign, pledging $1 million to the organization.  It's hardly the first time Outback has dished up support for the military: over the past eight years, the restaurant chain has provided meals to more than 150,000 U.S. troops around the world.  That's a lot of Bloomin' Onions!

If you're moved to add your voice to theirs, you can donate directly by texting "HERO" to 50555.


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  1. Get serious

    Re Chas: So why aren't YOU volunteering for the military?

    March 5, 2010 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. Eddie Velez

    Money Ca$h Ho3s

    March 4, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chas1953

    Please do not lump the defense contractors with our brave young men and women in th service. Nobody forced them to what they are doing. They are there (wherever that may be) for the money, excitement, rush, or sense of power their job gives them. If they were so patriotic, they would be in the regular military.

    March 4, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Eddie Velez

    Wehave to support the troops!!! YAY for Tim McGraw!

    March 4, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Str8 outta TX

    never said it wasnt generous. we need more people to do more charitable things like that. i was just pointing out the inaccuaracy.

    March 4, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. robert

    Is this charity helping the military or communities in need?

    March 4, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lynn D.

    Whether it's the first or 50th "southern voice" , I applaud Tim McGraw for his generosity!

    March 4, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Str8 Outta Tx

    it's hardly the first 'southern voice' for the troops. my uncle told me that they had many rappers perform for them, and even has a picture taken with paul wall.

    March 4, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. Debra

    I see Tim McGraw has finally got onboard with what Darryl Worley, Neal McCoy, Kellie Pickler, Aaron Tippn and Toby Keith have ALWAYS done...support our troops... good job TIM. Our service people are deserving of everyone's respect for chosing to serve our country and protect us.

    March 4, 2010 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  10. Sandy

    Such kindness, awareness and patriotism from Tim McGraw, Outback and all others who recall why we have the liberties we have – Thank you to our military services AND OUR Defense Contractors who are also out in harms way. Trust me, they don't pay them enough NO MATTER what the $$. Defense Ctxs have lost their lives for their country also and go through training (certainly not to the extent that military does; but to make them safer and less likely to become casualties) before they go into war zones. Any donations that support the troops – are to be lauded.

    More frequently than not, most Americans go about their daily lives and do not even give any thought to what is happening outside of the USA – where we have troops 24×7 365 days a yr. Enlisted pay – is not what it should be – if you are curious it's printed (with Officers) on the back of every Army/Air Force/Navy Times magazines or on the internet; you would probably be astounded at what they are paid to lay their lives down for us. We love you Troops and (Defense Ctx's; whom me know become quite patriotic when they SEE what the realities are....away from home)

    March 4, 2010 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |

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