Kip Moore is a proud supporter of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Because of his desire to help those who are serving their country, both at home and overseas, the 37-year-old has been named Chief Gratitude Officer of Military 1st, a program launched by Country Inns & Suites to offer service members the best available rate at their hotels and other special upgrades.

"Both of my grandparents served. I heard stories my whole life about their time serving," Moore shares with The Boot of his reasons for partnering with Military 1st. "We live in an amazing country. I’m just so thankful for those that are doing the ultimate sacrifice every single day. They’re much more brave than I am."

In Moore's words, the Military 1st program is a way to "[say] thank you [to military members] by giving them a home away from home, which is a pretty cool thing to be a part of." As a traveling musician, whose concerts take him all over the world, partnering with a cause that offers servicemen and -women a place to rest is important to Moore.

"I understand the rigors of being away from your home. I understand the travel aspect of what I do. I’m never home, so when I get to sleep in a comfortable bed in a hotel or my house, it’s glorious," Moore shares. "I know what that does for me, mentally, to have a nice place to lay my head. So I think that’s what struck me first, was what they were doing. They were trying to say thank you by trying to provide something that felt like home. I think that’s a pretty neat thing to be a part of."

As part of the Military 1st initiative, the lobby of each Country Inns & Suites location has a spot for guests to write letters to military members, as part of Operation Gratitude. Moore hopes his role as Chief Gratitude Officer inspires others to express their gratitude to those serving and protecting our country as well.

"This is my way of saying thank you. This is my way of bringing notice to what Country Inns & Suites are doing. I get to be a voice for them and what Operation Gratitude is doing," Moore says. "They need to hear thank you from us, and that’s what I’m trying to do."

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