Alan Jackson Offers His Thanks and Appreciation with Veterans Day Words

by Jennifer Shea

Country star Alan Jackson is marking Veterans Day with a Twitter tribute to veterans everywhere. On Thursday, he posted a photo of himself standing before an American flag with the caption, “Happy Veterans Day! Thank you for your service.”

“On this Veterans Day and everyday, we honor all of those who served our country,” Jackson tweeted Thursday. “Thank you for your service, and happy Veterans Day!”

Alan Jackson Recently Announced Difficult Diagnosis

A little over a month ago, Jackson revealed in an interview on the “Today” show that doctors had diagnosed him with Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease. The nerve disorder causes progressive degeneration of the peripheral nerves which send sensory information back to the spinal cord and brain. It can also damage the nerves that control muscles.

“I have this neuropathy and neurological disease,” Jackson said. “It’s genetic that I inherited from my daddy… There’s no cure for it, but it’s been affecting me for years. And it’s getting more and more obvious. I know I’m stumbling around on stage. And now I’m having a little trouble balancing, even in front of the microphone, and so I just feel very uncomfortable.”

CMT is a relatively common neurological disorder that strikes an estimated 150,000 people in the U.S. In people who have the condition, muscle weakness usually starts to show up in adolescence or early adulthood, according to MedPage Today.

Symptoms of CMT include atrophied muscles in the arms, legs, hands or feet; weakness or paralysis of the foot and lower leg muscles; balance issues; foot deformities; and fine motor skills difficulties due to weakness in the hands. CMT can even cause scoliosis and hip displacement.

As Alan Jackson points out, “it’s not deadly,” and that’s the upside. The downside is that there’s no cure, short of occupational therapy, braces and pain medication.

But Jackson says he’s not ready to retire just yet. And that’s a good thing, because it’s way too soon to count the country legend out.

“I’ll try to do as much as I can,” Jackson said.

Country Star Recently Celebrated a Birthday

Last month, Jackson turned 63 years old. And by now, the country star has a lot to celebrate, including 16 studio albums, dozens of hit songs and over five billion Pandora streams.

His new album, Where Have You Gone, is doing pretty well, too, rising to the top of Billboard’s Country Albums chart and making it to the Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.

Watch the official music video for the album’s title track here: