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Retired Military Dog Struck and Killed By Motorist Outside Helena

Hate to start out a Monday with some bad news. But this is one of those stories that has a subtle message.

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Gary Allan Joins Boot Campaign to Support the Troops

You wouldn’t think that a pair of shoes could change someone’s life, but in Gary Allan‘s case, trading in cowboy kickers for a pair of combat boots is a great way to support our troops. As a former military man himself, Allan is joining Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels, George Jones and other notable celebs in the Boot Campaign, which helps soldiers cope with physical and emotional issues as they return home.

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Tim McGraw Honors Military Members With Live Concert on Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, Tim McGraw gave military members and veterans a real treat when he put on a military-only live performance at Manhattan’s Beacon Theater. The venue was packed to the hilt with men and women in uniform, but that doesn’t mean that soldiers around the world had to miss out. Thanks to a partnership between the United Service Organization and Chase, the concert streamed live via YouTube to bases all over the country.

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Kellie Pickler Embarks on Fifth USO Tour

Kellie Pickler loves our troops! The country cutie headed to the Middle East for her fifth international USO tour, a fact she let us know via a recent tweet. Five tours? That’s dedication to our boys (and girls) in the service. Pickler is naturally perky, but the ‘Where’s Tammy Wynette’ singer expressed excitement about being able to visit the military bases overseas and perform. But that’s not the extent of her support. Heck, it’s not even the half of it.

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Country Artists Who Have Served Their Country

Country music has a long tradition of supporting the troops, with stars like Toby Keith, Kellie Pickler and Darryl Worley taking frequent trips overseas to play for the men and women stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Of course, before the Gulf Wars, country musicians were quick to join the USO to play for troops stationed just about anywhere. While only a minority of Nashville’s best served in the military, more than a few on this list may surprise you.

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Tim McGraw to Give New Homes to Military Veterans in Need

Tim McGraw is giving back to wounded warriors and service members by launching the nationwide HomeFront initiative, a goodwill effort that will award 25 deserving families with a mortgage-free home at each of his summer concert stops.

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Wounded Soldier Reunites With Dog Found in Afghanistan [VIDEO]

While on tour of duty in Afghanistan, soldier Donny Eslinger adopted an adorable dog that he named Smoke-pup Barbarian. But after he was critically wounded during a mortar attack and shipped to Germany, Eslinger was forced to leave the pooch behind.

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Returning Soldier Surprises Family at KFC [VIDEO]

We’ve all seen the heartwarming videos of soldiers stationed overseas surprising their children stateside with early returns home.

And that’s how this video of Capt. Cherissa Jackson, who had been deployed in Afghanistan, begins, with mom surprising her daughters Anita and Ashley at a Gaitherburg, Maryland Kentucky Fried Chicken. But then it gets even more touching. 

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‘Santa’ Grants Little Girl’s Christmas Wish By Bringing Her Father Back From Iraq [VIDEO]

Christmas may have come and gone but there is still magic to marvel at from this joyous holiday, like the magic that granted the wish of a little girl who only wanted her soldier father back for the holidays.

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Troops Returning From Iraq War Have Americans Split — Survey of the Day

Earlier this week, the Pentagon declared the end of the Iraq War, an almost nine-year conflict which claimed 4,487 American lives and removed Saddam Hussein from power. Now, Americans are are conflicted over whether the entire endeavor was worth it.

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President Obama Welcomes Home US Soldiers After 8 Years of War [PICTURES, VIDEO]

President Barack Obama finally made good on his 2008 campaign promise to end the war in Iraq. On Wednesday, the president was at Fort Bragg in North Carolina to welcome troops returning home from Iraq for the last time.

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Cpl. Johnny Merkle, US Marine Corps Handout
Cpl. Johnny Merkle, US Marine Corps Handout
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Mila Kunis Stands by Her Date at the Marine Corps Ball [PICTURE]

Her pal and ‘Friends with Benefits’ co-star Justin Timberlake already fulfilled his promise to attend a Marine Ball — and this weekend, it was Mila Kunis’ turn.

While stationed in Afghanistan this summer, Marine Sgt. Scott Moore sparked the “ask a celeb out via YouTube” craze when he requested the pleasure of the beauty’s company at his upcoming fete. She accepted, so on Friday night he escorted her to the Marine Corps Ball in Greenville, NC, an event celebrating 236 years of military history.

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