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Craig Morgan Takes Trip Overseas To Perform And Spread Holiday Cheer With Brave Service Members

Craig Morgan: "It's always an honor and a privilege to visit with our troops and their families, but especially during the holiday season."

Army veteran turned country singer Craig Morgan is bringing Christmas cheer overseas. 

The "Almost Home" singer joined the United Service Organizations [USO] for a three-day trip to Germany to perform for troops and families stationed at USAG Bavaria. Before Morgan became a country hitmaker, he served for over a decade and was in the U.S. Reserves for 6.5 years. 

While navigating his way through the military camp, he reunited with the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions, which he was a part of while on duty. Morgan's first USO tour was in 2002. The nonprofit's mission is to keep the American Military connected with loved ones at home, through acts of kindness, entertainment tours, and safe events in combat zones. 

To date, the singer-songwriter has embarked on 13 tours and has entertained more than 45,000 U.S. troops. The resilient artist is far from the first to join forces with the volunteer-powered organization. Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, Kellie Pickler, Zac Brown, and Willie Nelson have expressed their gratitude through music. 

"It's always an honor and a privilege to visit with our troops and their families, but especially during the holiday season," shared Morgan. "I know how much it means to them to receive those care packages at this time of the year and to hear those messages of gratitude from Americans everywhere who value the incredible sacrifices they make year-round."

The Vice President of USO Global Entertainment, Jennifer Wahlquist, said they called in Morgan to bring the holiday joy to the brave men and women who can't return home for the festive season. 

"Serving overseas over the holiday season, sometimes far from family and friends, can be difficult," said Wahlquist. "We're grateful to the wonderful entertainers like Craig who generously donate their time to bring holiday cheer and a connection to home to our service members."

Audre Binder, Director, Family and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation at United States Army Garrison Bavaria, pointed out that the platinum-selling artist was the perfect musician for the job, as he knows first-hand the challenges and roller coaster-like emotions the armed forces stationed abroad feel.

"We are so thankful for Craig Morgan taking the time to visit with and perform for our Soldiers and family members," explained Binder. "It's even more special because Craig knows what it's like to be away from loved ones during the holidays, as a former service member himself. He has just an incredible way of connecting with everyone here."

It is unclear which songs from Morgan's impressive catalog were incorporated into the setlist. However, Morgan recently released the deluxe edition of "God, Family, Country." The 14-song collection includes a remastered version of "That's What I Love About Sunday," fan favorite "The Father, My Son, And The Holy Ghost," "Going Out Like This," and more. 

Most recently, the country crooner celebrated Veterans Day with a sold-out headlining show at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. He became the keynote speaker at Ft. Still Oklahoma Artillery Saint Barbara's ball, donated to the Operation Finally Home, and was inducted into the U.S. Filed Artillery Hall of Fame. 

Untold stories about Morgan's time in uniform are chronicled in his new memoir, "God, Family, and Country." The vulnerable paperback is available for purchase, here

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