This is so like Keith Urban to not only be extremely charitable to the Navy SEALS but then to use cool military jargon (like “down range”) when he talks about it. Right before Urban’s San Diego show on Saturday (Sept. 28), he presented a check for $300,000 to the Navy SEAL Foundation (NSF) and then had glowing things say about the group.
“I have a deep appreciation for the special bond that all of these families feel towards each other and for the commitment that they have made to all of us,” he said. “The NSF reminds us to acknowledge the importance and sacrifice that is made each and every day by those serving ‘down range’ as well as their loving families.”
The NSF is a nonprofit organization that supports SEAL families by easing financial burdens, establishing support networks and funding command-sponsored activities. Urban’s contribution to this cause came from his share of artist and publishing royalties he had earned from his “For You,” a song featured in the 2012 film Act of Valor. Jake Owen, Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Sugarland, Trace Adkins and more all had songs on the film’s soundtrack, and Urban’s was nominated for a Golden Globe for best original song. (He lost to Adele’s “Skyfall.”)
The NSF says Urban’s donation will do all kinds of good by paying for resiliency retreats and giving over 500 Naval Special Warfare children the chance to go to summer camp in 2014.
Urban is currently out on the road with his Light the Fuse tour through early February.