Gretchen Wilson Wants to Put You in Combat Boots
Gretchen Wilson is putting her celebrity and CEO status at Redneck Records to great use by promoting support for active duty military and veterans. Gretchen joins Joe Nichols, Randy Houser, Heidi Newfield, Phil Vassar, Derek Sholl and Kasey Musgraves in the Boot Girls' Boot Campaign to raise money to support the Lone Survivor Foundation and the USO. The program is raising funds through the sale of one million pairs of combat boots, which buyers are encouraged to wear or display proudly.
Although July 23 marks the national kick-off of the campaign, the program started more than a year ago at the Country for Our Country Benefit Concert. On Sept. 11, Heidi, Randy, Phil, Derek and Kasey will perform at the next benefit concert in Tyler, Texas.
In addition to her work with the Boot Campaign, Gretchen is working with the Advertising Council and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation on a national public service advertising campaign designed to give high school dropouts access to information about GED diplomas.
The campaign -- which started July 21 -- is close to Gretchen's heart. She dropped out of school after the eighth grade at age 15 and received her GED nearly 20 years later. That's when she became an advocate to spotlight the funding needs of adult education programs and the adults on waiting lists hoping to further their education.
"People need the right tools to succeed, and, at the very minimum, a major tool on the road to success is a high school diploma or GED," Gretchen says in a statement. "This campaign will go a long way toward educating people on how to take that first step to make a difference in their lives and the lives of their families, and I'm honored to be a part of it."
Gretchen is on tour with her next concert scheduled for July 23 in West Wendover, Nev. Click here for more of her upcoming tour dates.