Kellie Pickler has made it a mission to support the United States Troops, sharing her talents with soldiers overseas and dedicating proceeds from her new patriotic shirts (available at the Grand Ole Opry) to Wounded Warriors. As a wonderful result of her very evident love for the Armed Forces and military families, Kellie will receive the first ever Operation Troop Aid Chris Kyle Patriot Award.
The parents of the subject of the hit film American Sniper and namesake of the award, Chris Kyle, shared their respect for Kellie in a recent statement.
We are pleased to recognize this young lady as part of our (now) annual tradition; we welcome Kellie to the legacy of Chris Kyle’s service to our military in alliance with Operation Troop Aid. Words are simply not enough to express our deep gratitude for those, like Ms. Pickler, who freely share their love and support of our military men and women. This award will be one of the great highlights for us each and every year and we are proud to be a part of it.
In dedicating the award to Chris Kyle’s memory, the Operation Troop Aid Founder, Mark Woods, stated:
Chris Kyle’s dedication to serve and protect our country is demonstrative and symbolic of all our service men and women who make the ultimate sacrifice. To honor Chris’ service and resound his personal mantra (‘It is our duty to serve those that serve us’), it is absolutely fitting that we rename our annual award in Chris Kyle’s name, honor and legacy.
Kellie will be presented with the award during CMA Fest at the June 13th LP Field show, immediately and appropriately following the performance of the National Anthem. Congratulations to Kellie Pickler on this much deserved honor and thank you for all that you do for our Troops!