CHELY WRIGHT BACK FROM MILITARY TOUR

Chely Wright returned this week from a 10-day tour throughout Iraq and Kuwait. The tour was sponsored by Stars for Stripes - a nonprofit group committed to providing quality entertainment to deployed troops in areas not typically visited by USO tours - and she performed at military bases in remote areas. Stops included a show at The Armed Forces 57th Anniversary show in the International Zone. The tour was funded by a Department of Defense organization, Armed Forces Entertainment. Chely also recently visited Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda., MD to spend individual time with wounded troops. "It was unreal," said Chely. "I can't put into words what an experience that was." The patriotic performer met with troops who had lost arms, legs, even eyesight in Iraq and Afghanistan. "I asked one of them where he wanted to do his convalescent leave and he told me, 'Baghdad Ma'am.' That pretty much says it all doesn't it," she said.

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