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Big & Rich, Wilson gig aids vets

Thursday, August 25, 2011 – Xtreme Muzik The Tour, featuring co-headliners Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson, will donate all proceeds from their Sept. 2 date in the Nashville area to Operation Finally Home, a charity for wounded and disabled veterans and widows of fallen soldiers with new homes.

"This is a wonderful organization I've worked with for years. They have a very simple but very important cause," said Big Kenny, who first approached his touring partners about the idea. "Building a home is noble, but constructing a home tailored to the needs of a specific injury or disability is one of the things Operation Finally Home really understands and has done well time and again. It's an honor for us all to have them working with us here in Music City. I'm willing to jump out of a perfectly good plane to raise awareness of the great needs of so many of our returning soldiers.

Daniel Vargas, a retired U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant runs Operation Finally Home out of New Braunfels, Texas. Born out of the Bay Area Builders Association Support Our Troops effort, the program provides custom-made homes to wounded and disabled veterans as well as to widows of the fallen in an effort to get their lives back on track.

"For many of our soldiers the real battle begins once they've left the hospital and returned home," said Vargas. "We are committed to helping make sure that these men and women will have the security of a roof over their heads. This mission is possible only through gifts from donors and sponsors. We are grateful and proud to have country music stars Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson and Cowboy Troy support our efforts."


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