Singer and former U.S. Army paratrooper Craig Morgan is set to play the Jack Daniel's/USO Toast to the Troops concert, December 10 at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla. The event is designed to especially honor military spouses and volunteers who participate in "stuffing parties" to assemble more than 150,000 care packages for servicemen and women. Besides the scheduled 3:30 PM (ET) concert, the volunteers will also be treated to a "thank-you" barbecue.

This is just the latest way Craig, a 10-year Army veteran, has given back to the troops. His performances for the men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan have made such an impact that the entertainer has received a USO Merit Award for his efforts.

"It has been an honor and privilege for me to perform for our military service members and their families, and the Toast to the Troops program is one way of letting them know how much we love, respect and appreciate everything they do for us," says Craig. "Their sacrifices, both abroad and on the home front, cannot be measured, and we all owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude."

Craig says that although singing isn't often thought of as an important profession, he's gratified by the pure joy such entertainment can bring to many people's lives.

"One of the most rewarding things is the impact that I've learned that we can have on people's lives. I've learned not to take that for granted," Craig tells The Boot. "I used to joke and say that songwriting and singing is not brain surgery, it's not a big deal. But the reality is sometimes it can be as important or even more so than brain surgery. I've learned to see people and hear their stories and find out what the music's done for them in their lives, so I don't take that for granted anymore."
Those with military ID who are interested in more details about the concert are asked to contact MSgt Bryan Gatewood at 813-828-2215 by Wednesday, Dec 8 at 3:00 PM (ET). Craig, who was part of Carrie Underwood's Play On tour in 2010, has several concert dates on the books for 2011. Click here for more information.