Country music singer Kellie Pickler is back overseas this Memorial Day Weekend to help celebrate the holiday with the USO. It’s a cause that has always been important to the North Carolina native, who adds a star tattoo to her wrist in honor of each tour she does for the troops.
“I’ve been so blessed to work a lot with the USO and travel overseas to Afghanistan and Iraq and Kosovo and all kinds of other military bases. I’ve been able to see firsthand just exactly what they’re doing,” says the singer-songwriter in an interview with The Boot. “It takes a very special person to sacrifice everything. When I say ‘everything,’ I don’t mean just their time, I mean their life. Everything! Their family, their kids, their loved ones. You sacrifice every thing to put your life on the line for us, and it’s such a great, honorable, heroic thing … We have to raise our glass to them and keep them all in our prayers and always say thank you.”
While her exact location is being kept secret for security reasons, Kellie felt it was important to go and pay her respects to the men and women serving overseas. The “Tough” singer Tweeted that she was “Off to the Middle East!