Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Let's Do Happytime Now

From my good friend and one of my heroes (JP), over at milblogging.com. I'm not putting this in a quotebox cause it'll take up too much room.

2011 Milblog Conference Update:
Mark Wills to perform at opening reception
Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 03:22 PM -
2011 Milblog Conference
Entertainment for the opening reception and benefit of the 2011 Milblog Conference has been announced. Country music artist Mark Wills will perform live on Friday, April 29th.

Via the Milblog Conference website:
Country music artist and well-known troop supporter Mark Wills will be performing at the Opening Reception and Benefit for USA Cares on Friday, April 29th. We’re honored that Mark would take time out of his busy schedule to perform. Mark’s tireless support of the military community makes him a perfect fit for the MilBlog Conference:

A country artist best known for hit singles like “19 Somethin” and “Jacob’s Ladder” Mark also has been a long time supporter of the troops, having visited them almost every year that we have been in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2004. Mark just released his new album, “2nd Time Around” with some of the proceeds going to support USA Cares.Mark joined USA Cares in December 2008.

Mark Wills has traveled to both Iraq and Afghanistan in addition to appearing at installations and visiting military hospitals around the world as a means of showing his admiration for our servicemen and women. This was reflected when he recorded one of his #1 hit singles “Don’t Laugh At Me” in front of the troops in Balad, Iraq in September of 2008 when he toured with the USO and the Sergeant Major of the Army.

After learning about USA Cares, Mark added his voice and talent to both tell our story but to also help raise funds, especially for those who suffer from Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder (PTSD) through the USA Cares program Warrior Treatment Today. During a recent appearance on The Dennis Miller Radio Show, Mark reflected that when his dad returned from Vietnam, the whole family saw a change that they now know was very likely to be PTSD, and he wants to help those nearly 330,000 (By a recent Rand Study) who are afflicted with this invisible disease.

To that end, when he released his new album “2nd Time Around” a remake of many of his hit singles and with a new look, including the song recorded in Iraq, he has pledged that part of the proceeds go to USA Cares, and included an insert not only thanking the fans, but asking them to contribute thorugh USA Cares mobile giving program.Visit the Milblog Conference website, for lots more information on Mark Wills and the Opening Reception and Benefit for USA Cares taking place on Friday, April 29th.

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