OFFSTAGE: Tim McGraw Grew Up Revering the Military

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It seems like Tim McGraw has always been good to the military. And now I think I understand why. He grew up in a family filled with soldiers, according to People magazine, and so they all talked about the military service “with reverence.” In fact, he says he considered enlisting himself before he started pursuing music seriously. That was right around the same time that McGraw’s sister, Tracey, joined the Army. “We’ve talked about how lonely she got, and that’s something that’s stuck with me when I’ve met military families — how important the contact they have from home is,” McGraw said. Tracey Jewell is a veteran of Desert Storm, and McGraw’s uncle John Dagostino is a Vietnam veteran. The picture of the three of them in the magazine is a moving reminder to celebrate Veterans Day with family, veterans or — if you’re honored enough to have veterans in the family like McGraw does — then both.

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