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DVR Alert: Lee Greenwood on Extreme Makeover Home Edition

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Country’s own Lee Greenwood will kick off the holiday season of the show that gives back this week. “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” returns with a new two hour primetime holiday-themed special episode with Ty Pennington and the team of designers, “Harris Family, Parts 1 & 2,” on MONDAY, DECEMBER 10 (8:00-9:00 & 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC.

On February 19, 2007, while on patrol in Iraq, a massive IED struck the truck that SSG Shilo Harris was traveling in resulting in devastating injuries, with burns to over 40% of his body.  During the months of painful surgeries that followed, Shilo and his loyal wife, Kathreyn, found a true calling — to help wounded warriors through the agonizing and traumatic processes of recovery, rehabilitation and learning to face a life that will never be the same. Shilo, once sufficiently healed, began a career as a motivational speaker, giving hope to others similarly wounded, while Kathreyn, taking up the cause as well, began working for the Army Wounded Warrior Project. Shilo and Kathreyn have dedicated their lives to giving back.

In honor of Shilo, Greenwood performs “God Bless the U.S.A.” in this moving holiday-themed tribute to our wounded veterans. 2013 marks the 30th Anniversary of Greenwood’s self-penned patriotic anthem.  The impact this song continues to have is immeasurable. It has been a source of pride and patriotism at naturalization ceremonies, public celebrations, and military events, and a source of comfort and solace to those whose family members have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Lee Greenwood Speaks Out About “God Bless the USA” Being Banned

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After a Brooklyn principal decided to ban Lee Greenwood‘s patriotic smash hit “God Bless the USA” from being played at her school’s kindergarten graduation, the singer/songwriter spoke out about his intentions for penning the nationally acclaimed record.

Greenwood explained, “I wrote ‘God Bless the USA’ about the love I have for this country and the struggle we have gone through to remain free. Our country was founded on the principle that it welcomes people of all cultures and gives them the same rights we have as citizens. However, I feel compelled to echo the faith of our forefathers who all believed in God and a respect of a higher authority. Personally, denying the children of [the Brooklyn school] to sing ‘God Bless the USA,’ offends me as a Christian. My song is about hope, faith, spirit and pride. How could that be wrong on any level?”