CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - Country music singer Kellie Pickler performed for approximately 1,300 service members and civilians at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, May 26.<br /> <br /> Pickler, a former American Idol competitor, is participating in her fifth USO tour performing for deployed service members. <br /> <br /> “Just being able to say thank you face-to-face and make eye contact with someone; that’s a big deal for me,” said Pickler.<br /> <br /> The former American Idol contestant says she likes to show her appreciation for the troops by performing for them when they are deployed.<br /> <br /> “To be in a position where I can bring a little piece of home to you guys, I take advantage of that,” said Pickler. “I hope that everyone knows we are back home praying for you. I am praying for you and your families.”<br /> <br /> Pickler comes from a military family and says she has a great respect for the men and women serving their country.<br /> <br /> “I think it takes a very, very special person to do what you guys do,” said Pickler. <br /> <br /> The performer will continue her tour throughout several countries in Southwest Asia.<br /> <br /> Performances like the Memorial Day weekend concert at Camp Arifjan gives celebrities like Pickler the opportunity to give back and show their support to those serving our country. <br /> <br /> “By far out of everything I have ever been a part of in my life, this has been truly the most rewarding thing.”<br /> <br /> The opportunity to attend events like the Kellie Pickler USO concert allows Third Army soldiers to de-stress in order to be ready tonight.