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VFW, Trace Adkins Announce Special Performance at VFW National Convention

Posted: 15 May 2018 12:08 PM PDT

VFW, Trace Adkins Announce Special Performance at VFW National Convention
Country music superstar to take stage in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 15, 2018) – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW) is proud to announce country music legend Trace Adkins will be performing live at Municipal Auditorium during the 119th VFW National Convention in Kansas City on July 22.

“One of my greatest honors as an entertainer is to perform for our nation’s servicemen and women,” said Adkins. “They sacrifice so much for this country and our freedoms. Performing for them and their families at events like this is certainly special.”

The “Still A Soldier” singer is well-known for his support of America’s service members and veterans, having performed across 12 USO tours over his career. The three-time GRAMMY Award nominee and three-time ACM Award winner recently released this 12th studio album and has sold more than 11 million records throughout his storied career.

“The VFW is very pleased to present our convention attendees, and the local military and veteran community with this special event,” said VFW National Commander Keith Harman. “Trace has long advocated on behalf of America’s heroes. So, not only am I looking forward to his performance, I am also looking forward to presenting him with the VFW Commander-in-Chief Gold Medal of Merit in honor of all he does in support of our nation’s troops, veterans and their families.”

Opening the event at 7 p.m. is Six-String Soldiers, a part of the United States Army Field Band and one of the most followed groups in the world. Made up of five active-duty soldiers, the acoustic group performs bluegrass, country, folk and Americana music.

Sunday’s concert is a free, ticketed event sponsored by Texas VFW Foundation, Lockton Affinity, Cerner, Truman Library Institute and Park University.

VFW and VFW Auxiliary members can request two (2) reserved seats, or four (4) general admission seats by calling the VFW’s Member Service Center at 1-833-VFW-VETS.

While concert tickets are offered free of charge, attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the “Uniting to Combat Hunger” campaign, a collaborative initiative by the VFW, Humana, Harvesters–The Community Food Network and After the Harvest, to help combat food insecurity in the Greater Kansas City area.

For additional information about the concert, visit www.vfw.org/trace.

ABOUT THE VFW: The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation’s largest and oldest major war veterans’ organization. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is comprised entirely of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and Reserve forces. With 1.7 million VFW and Auxiliary members located in nearly 6,400 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans’ service organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’ service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs. For more information or to join, visit our website at www.vfw.org.

About Trace Adkins: Towering baritone Trace Adkins has sold more than 11 million albums and charted more than 20 singles in his 25 years in Nashville, a remarkable run for one of country
music’s most easily identifiable stars. The Louisiana native recently released his 12th studio album, Something’s Going On, on BBR Music Group / Wheelhouse Records. A three-time GRAMMY Award nominee, Adkins has won three Academy of Country Music Awards, including the 2009 Single of the Year Award for “You’re Gonna Miss This” and Vocal Event of the Year with Blake Shelton for “Hillbilly Bone” in 2010. The Grand Ole Opry member is also an author and spokesman for the Wounded Warrior Project and The American Red Cross, for whom he raised more than $1.5 million dollars as winner of NBC’s All-Star Celebrity Apprentice. In recent years, Adkins has performed for our service members across 12 USO Tours. In his 2007 autobiography, A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck, Adkins recounted his rise to fame, brushes with death, and battles with personal demons. Adkins has also acted in multiple films and television shows, playing a tough-as-nails biker in The Lincoln Lawyer (starring Matthew McConaughey), a desperate father in Deepwater Horizon (starring Mark Wahlberg) and a wise oracle of a tattoo artist in the family friendly film Moms’ Night Out (starring Patricia Heaton, Sean Astin, Sarah Drew). His most recent role was that of MercyMe’s real-life manager, Brickell, in the box office smash “I Can Only Imagine.” The film was the third biggest selling movie on its opening weekend in America. For tour dates and more information, visit www.traceadkins.com or on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @TraceAdkins.

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