USO Care Packages Stuffed for Service Members Serving Overseas Along
With Free Base-Wide Concert by Army Vet Craig Morgan for Troops and Families

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. (July 24, 2013) – Heading back to one of the largest military installations in the world, the 20th Jack Daniel’s/USO “Toast to the Troops” Care Package Stuffing Party has been set for Fort Bragg, NC, on August 8th.    

Military spouses, USO volunteers, and Jack Daniel’s employees and
friends will stuff 7,500 care packages for our troops serving overseas. 
Each care package will include a “toast” card – a personal message of
support that has been collected by Jack Daniel’s and the USO for our

The return to Fort Bragg also marks a memorable return for ten-year
Army veteran and country music superstar, Craig Morgan, who was
stationed at the base during his military service.  Morgan, who has
participated in every Toast to the Troops event, will hold a free and
open-to-the-public concert at the Fort Bragg Fairgrounds following the
care package stuffing.  In addition to service members and their
families, the general public is invited to the concert which will start
at 5p.m.  Gates for the show will open one hour earlier and no ticket is
required.  The public cannot bring pets, outside food and beverage, or
large bags and backpacks to the concert.  People with these items will
be turned away by on-site security.  Lawn chairs are welcome.

Since Toast to the Troops began in 2005, 19 stuffing events have been
held across the country delivering more than 172,000 Operation USO Care
Packages to our troops serving overseas.  The campaign last visited Fort
Bragg in 2008.  In addition to the toast card message of support, the
packages include items requested by service members, such as prepaid
international calling cards, toiletries, sunscreen, playing cards,
disposable cameras, and snacks.

“We’re so proud to be able to bring our Toast to the Troops event back
to Fort Bragg and look forward to honoring our military heroes and their
families,” said Jennifer Powell, Senior Brand Manager for Jack
Daniel’s.  “The outpouring of support for our nation’s military and
their families that we’ve seen through the Toast campaign has been
overwhelming, and it’s been a distinct honor to help recognize and thank
those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.”
20th Toast to the Troops event is a true testament of the dedication
and appreciation the Jack Daniel’s family has for the USO and our
nation’s military,” said Kelli Seely, USO Senior Vice President of
Development and Chief Development Officer.  “We are so grateful for
their continuing support to bring a touch of home to those brave men and
women serving overseas.”

“Fort Bragg holds a special place in my heart,” said Craig Morgan.  “I
served there when I was active duty in the Army, and I feel a special
kinship with those soldiers and their families currently stationed at
Fort Bragg.  We can’t wait to get there to show them how much they are
appreciated and supported.”

“We are very honored to host this stuffing party and to have Craig
Morgan perform here,” said Colonel Jeffrey M. Sanborn, garrison
commander of Fort Bragg.  “Both the USO and Craig have strong ties to
our service members and families, and we consider them both to be one of
our own.”

One of country music’s best-loved artists, Craig Morgan has made a name
for himself with massive radio airplay of his signature hits: 
“Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love
About Sunday,” “International Harvester” and “This Ole Boy,” the title
track to his latest album. The project boasted a Top 5 album debut on
Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. He’s just released the soulful
single “Wake Up Loving You” from a new album, The Journey (Livin’ Hits),
due September 3 on Black River Entertainment. Craig received one of
country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the
Grand Ole Opry in 2008.  Prior to becoming a country music and TV
sensation, he spent over 10 years of active duty in the Army and an
additional nine years in the Army Reserves.  He is an avid supporter of
America’s military personnel and a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit

Due to heightened security, individuals can no longer send letters and
packages addressed to “Any Service Member.”  The Operation USO Care
Package program is the best way to send a message of encouragement
directly to troops and provide a touch of home.  The USO has distributed
more than two million care packages since the program began in 2003. 
More information on the Operation USO Care Package program and other USO
programs supporting active duty military and their families can be
found at

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