Toby Keith Gets Exposed to Tough Sacrifices When He Plays for the Troops

“You can't walk into a tent where a guy’s laying with his leg blowed off and go, ‘Hey man, how you doing?’” Toby says.

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Today is Veterans Day, and Toby Keith has played dozens, if not hundreds, of shows for U.S. troops at home and overseas. And Toby is exposed to some tough stuff when he visits our fighting men and women.

“You walk in those MASH units, you can't walk into a tent where a guy’s laying with his leg blowed off and go, ‘Hey man, how you doing?’” Toby told reporters recently.

“Normal conversation chatter doesn’t work, ’cause guess what? He ain’t doing very good. So, you have to go in and find something else new to stir the conversation, and those little things like that are really tough.”

Even the trips home can be emotionally challenging.

“Flying on airplanes out of Baghdad with a couple coffins wrapped in American flags—you talk about a somber reality check,” he said.

“You step on a cargo plane and know that I’m getting ready to go to Kuwait and go to Germany and I’m getting ready to fly back to Oklahoma, and that guy is going to Oregon in that box. . . .”

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