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    Tim McGraw draws thousands to Pendleton

    Tim McGraw draws thousands to Pendleton

    Photo By Cpl. Michelle Brinn | More than 27,000 gather for a free Tour for the Troops concert at Camp Pendleton's...... read more read more



    Story by Lance Cpl. Michelle Brinn 

    Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -- More than 27,000 attendees gathered at Camp Pendleton’s Paige Fieldhouse to attend Time McGraw’s Tour for the Troops free concert, Nov. 13.

    The event was sponsored by Air Force Reserve, TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Marine Corps Community Services to benefit The Tug McGraw Foundation.

    "I am proud to perform for the troops and to celebrate our heroes, bringing attention to the need to improve quality of life among men and women who serve our country," said Tim McGraw honorary chairman of the Tug McGraw Foundation.

    The goal of the foundation is to educate members of the military and civilians about the increasing number of service members affected by post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Tug McGraw, father of Tim McGraw and legendary baseball pitcher, died from a brain tumor in 2003, which inspired the creation of their charity.

    “My father was in the Marine Corps Reserves throughout his professional baseball career,” said Mark McGraw, Tug McGraw’s son. “Our family has always supported the troops, so our foundation is another way to say thank you and help service members who are suffering become aware of the programs available to help them.”

    Tour for the Troops has brought top entertainers to all branches of the military, both domestically and overseas, where families can enjoy local bands, concessions, merchandise and children’s play areas.

    “We are so excited to put on such a large event for our Marines and sailors and their families,” said Christine Chilleme, special events manager for MCCS and coordinator of the event. “The most rewarding part is seeing how happy everyone is and knowing they’re having a great time.”

    Various cover bands performed to entertain the crowd prior to Tim McGraw’s performance, which opened up with his hit song, “Barbeque Stain,” and carried on an hour and a half show that he dedicated to the service members and wounded warriors.

    “It’s great to see a show like this put on for the Marines, especially when it raises awareness for the wounded warriors,” said Jay Vargaus, Medal of Honor recipient and guest speaker for the event who spoke about the harsh effects of PTSD. “Hopefully this show boosts the morale of [the base] and we can knock down that doggone suicide rate.”



    Date Taken: 11.15.2011
    Date Posted: 11.15.2011 16:37
    Story ID: 80080
    Location: CAMP PENDLETON, CA, US 

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