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Rodney Atkins performs for troops

Monday, October 8, 2007 – Rodney Atkins helped brought music of home to U.S. troops in Iraq Saturday night through a satellite hook-up. Atkins appeared through the Freedom Calls Foundation's "Appreciation for the Troops Rally" during sound check for his show in northern Virginia.

Atkins performed his hit song "If You're Going Through Hell" acoustically and sent a personal message of thanks to the troops. The rally took place at Voice of America Park in Cincinnati and was also broadcast live to thousands of soldiers in Iraq.

Atkins enjoyed the chance to perform for the troops so much that he asked if he could do it again that night during his live set. The entertainer then gave the men and women of our armed forces a special treat by performing all of his hits during his high-energy show.

"It was a lot of fun - knowing that I get to sing about camo pants and cowboy boots to the guys who really know what that's all about. It makes it even more intense and drives the point home yet again how blessed I am by who those soldiers are and what they are doing," Atkins said.

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