When Tim McGraw met retired U.S. Marine Anthony Hodge at a recent Brothers of the Sun tour stop, he didn’t sign an autograph for the injured veteran. He handed Hodge and his wife, Laura, keys to a new mortgage-free home. McGraw launched the program “HomeFront” earlier this year in partnership with Chase, the Academy of Country Music’s Lifting Lives program and the non-profit Operation Homefront. McGraw plans to hand out a set of keys at every stop on his current tour with Kenny Chesney.
“Tim has always been dedicated to the military, and he always gives shout outs to us and he just supports us in everything that he can do,” Sgt. Hodge said of McGraw’s program. “It’s just like he understands us. This new home is a dream come true, and will definitely allow us to start fresh for a happier life.”
“Our military families answer a call to action every day, and Operation Homefront gives civilians an opportunity to give back to them. I consider it an honor to partner with Lifting Lives, Chase and Operation Homefront on this initiative to help these heroes,” said McGraw. “Anyone can make a donation – small or large – to support this effort, and we also hope to spread the word to military families that they are invited to apply for help, if they need it.”
Eighteen of 25 homes have been awarded so far nationwide. McGraw says wounded service members or those in need should apply.
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