Kellie Pickler once again partnered with the United Service Organizations to raise money for military members. The country artist has frequently collaborated with the USO throughout her career. They are holding their 11th annual T-shirt campaign.
Pickler has been passionate about helping the USO for years now. For example, she’s completed 12 USO tours over the years, starting back in 2007 to Iraq. Since then, she’s been to Afghanistan, Germany, United Kingdom, Kuwait, Bahrain, Kyrgystan, Italy, Spain, and others. She’s also visited a ship at see as well as three bases within the United States.
“I feel so blessed to have found a family in the USO and they’ve allowed me to be a part of something that matters. It has just truly been a blessing,” Pickler told Fox News. “I just want to do my part. We can all serve to a certain capacity. The USO is just really a beautiful, very special thing to be a part of.”
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Thanks to her frequent collaboration, USO named her one of this year’s ambassadors. She joins “NCIS” star Wilmer Valderrama in receiving the honor. The two are promoting the program’s T-shirt campaign, selling limited-edition apparel in exchange for donations of $29.
Donations will go to care packages, resources for family members, helping soldiers transition careers, and other ways to boost morale among the troops. Pickler discussed going on some of the USO tours and sitting down with military members.
“I have breakfast, lunch, and dinner at every stop that I go to and get to know the people behind the uniform. And that’s so important, right? It’s life-changing,” Pickler continued. “It’s a blessing. [I realize] there are so many things that we can take for granted and the [servicemen and women] need to know that we do not take what they do for granted.”
In fact, Pickler and her husband Kyle Jacobs have become friends with several members of the military. During tough times like the COVID-19 pandemic, Pickler said she tried to look out for those who need help. The singer is passionate about helping others.
“My husband and I are very close with several active and retired veterans,” Pickler said. “We’ve actually been writing quite a bit with several of our military friends and veterans. We have tried to be a sanctuary [in the pandemic] for people who need a place to stay or [be there] for our neighbors taking care of each other. “
Pickler has even wrote songs inspired by military members. She sat down with them while she was coming up with new music ideas and listened to their experiences.