Servicemembers Getting Free Country Music CDs

By Rudi Williams
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2006 - The Armed Services YMCA is sending servicemembers free CDs with new and old popular country music hits that express pride in America.

Under the "Send a CD to a Soldier" program, the Armed Services YMCA is sending the CDs to units supporting the global war on terrorism.

"Since we can't send them to 'any soldier,' we send the CDs to units that were identified by the different branches of the services. The unit distributes the CDs to servicemembers," said retired Navy Rear Adm. S. Frank Gallo, national executive director of the ASYMCA.

Gallo said the ASYMCA launched the "Send a CD to a Soldier" in collaboration with "Music for a Cause," of Orlando, Fla., a year ago to let men and women in uniform know their service to the country is appreciated.

"(Music for a Cause) ended up making a deal with Sony Music USA and rounded up these performers for clearance to use their music," Gallo noted. "They put together this disc, and it's a good one."

He said country music star Aaron Tippin has been supporting the program. Tippin's hit, "You've Got to Stand for Something," is among the 17 songs on the CD. Other hits include: "Down Home," by Alabama; "America the Beautiful," by Elvis Presley; and "If the World Had a Front Porch," by Tracy Lawrence.

Gallo said servicemembers who want a copy of the CD should contact the ASYMCA.

Gallo pointed out that little things matter the most to servicemembers when they're deployed -- letters from loved ones, phone calls home, and distractions such as books, magazines and music to take their minds off the distance that separates them from home.

Individuals wishing to support the program can purchase copies of the CDs to be sent to troops at

The Send a CD to a Soldier program "lets soldiers know they're not forgotten," Gallo said.

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America Supports You []

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