Toby Keith's USO tours are nearing their 10th anniversary. The country star's dedication to entertaining the overseas troops has become an annual tradition.
"We should surpass 200 shows, 10 years, our tenth-year anniversary," Toby told Country Vibe. "At some point I'm going to put something together and show everybody what a wonderful ten years, it's been a trip, and show you some wonderful warriors and heroes."
As usual, the tour will head to the Middle East, but this time they won't be stopping in Iraq.
"We don't go to Iraq anymore. Iraq's over for us," explains the country superstar. "We do a week in Afghanistan and then I think we do a week in Kuwait, Bahrain and we've started hitting aircraft carriers and doing a big show for 5,000 a night on the aircraft carrier and then flying helicopters off the battleships and doing little two-man shows during the day."
Keith says his commitment to the USO tours stems from his father's time in the armed service:
"My father was a veteran," Toby explained to TheBoot.com. "[I] wanted to go pay my respects and honor all the troops that were overseas fighting in different conflicts."
After the initial tour back in 2002, Keith admits that he "got over there and fell in love with it."
by RTT Staff Writer
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