and His Connection to the Military in New ACM Interview
Encino, CA (August 2, 2012) – In a new exclusive interview, country superstar and 15-time ACM Award winner Tim McGraw talks about giving mortgage-free homes to deserving military families through HomeFront, a nationwide program he has launched in partnership with Chase, ACM Lifting Lives and the non-profit Operation Homefront. ACM Lifting Lives has donated $125,000 to the initiative, allowing families to purchase what they need for their new home.
McGraw sat down with the Academy of Country Music crew at a recent Brothers of the Sun tour stop in Anaheim, CA, where he met retired U.S. Marine Sgt. Anthony Hodge and his wife, Laura, and presented the couple with keys to their new Canoga Park, CA home. Hodge retired from the U.S. Marine Corps earlier this year after ten years of service. He completed tours in Kuwait and Iraq as a field rig operator before retiring from injuries sustained while deployed.
“Tim has always been dedicated to the military, and he always gives shout outs to us and he just supports us in everything that he can do,” Sgt. Hodge said of McGraw’s program. “It’s just like he understands us. This new home is a dream come true, and will definitely allow us to start fresh for a happier life.”
McGraw has a long history and deep interest in supporting veterans and military families and wanted to find another way to honor our vets and give back to them for their commitment and service to our country. A total of 18 homes nationwide have been awarded so far.
“Our military families answer a call to action every day, and Operation Homefront gives civilians an opportunity to give back to them. I consider it an honor to partner with Lifting Lives, Chase and Operation Homefront on this initiative to help these heroes,” said McGraw. “Anyone can make a donation - small or large - to support this effort, and we also hope to spread the word to military families that they are invited to apply for help, if they need it.”
TO VIEW THE INTERVIEW WITH TIM McGRAW AND SGT. ANTHONY HODGE, VISIT WWW.ACMLIFTINGLIVES.ORG
For more information on how to support the HomeFront initiative and military servicemembers, or how to apply for support, visit www.OperationHomefront.net.
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About Operation Homefront
A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers with nationwide presence and has met more than 590,000 needs of military families since its inception in 2002. A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, 94 percent of total revenue donated to Operation Homefront goes directly to assist service members. For more information, go to www.OperationHomefront.net.
About ACM Lifting Lives
ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Each year, ACM Lifting Lives provides grants to music therapy and music education programs. Other giving includes serving members of the country music community who face unexpected medical or financial hardship through the Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund and partnering with artists to improve lives through music. For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org.
Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.3 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. Chase serves more than 50 million consumers and small businesses through more than 5,500 bank branches, 17,500 ATMs, credit cards, mortgage offices, and online and mobile banking as well as through relationships with auto dealerships. More information about Chase is available at www.chase.com.
For Tim McGraw:
Mary Hilliard Harrington
Phone: (615) 242-7444
For Academy of Country Music/ACM Lifting Lives:
Phone: (818) 815-4219