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Marine Corps group honors Toby Keith

Friday, March 20, 2009 – Toby Keith will receive an award from a Marine Corps associated group later this month.

The Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation will present Keith with the Johnny "Mike" Spann Memorial Semper Fidelis Award at its 14th annual New York City gala on March 26. Named for the Marine Corps captain-turned CIA paramilitary professional who died Nov. 28, 2001 in Afghanistan, the award recognizes Keith as "always faithful" (Semper Fidelis) in his loyalty to and support of America's troops.

"Spending time with our soldiers around the world is something I've always regarded as a privilege and honor," Keith said. "I'm certainly happy to accept this award, but I won't forget for a second who's really doing the heavy lifting to keep this country safe. And that's why I'll keep going back and spending time with those good folks every chance I get."

Keith completed his seventh USO Tour in 2008, visiting multiple sites including Forward Operating Bases in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation a non-profit charity that has distributed more than $38 million to the survivor children of America's fallen heroes.

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