By: Markos Papadatos
Several of country music’s biggest starts are putting on army combat boots in place of their cowboy boots. Marcus Luttrell, a New York Times best-selling author and Unites States Navy SEAL retiree was the inspiration for this boots campaign. The Boot Campaign is a medium of getting Americans to give back and express their gratitude to our armed forces.
This impressive lineup of country music stars include living legends such as George Jones, Mel Tillis, Lee Greenwood and Charlie Daniels, as well as some of modern country music’s hottest recording artists: Josh Turner, Phil Vassar, Joe Nichols, Randy Houser, Gretchen Wilson, Joe Diffie, Jamie O’ Neal, Heidi Newfield, Chuck Wicks, Eli Young Band, Justin Moore, Jack Ingram and Joey + Rory. Bluegrass music acts such as The Grascalsand The Roys are also part of this campaign.
Veteran country music humanitarian Charlie Daniels has chosen the Boot Campaign to be a part of his annual charity events in Nashville and praises this campaign for its uniqueness.
This campaign was launched by the “Boot Girls,” namely Ginger, Leigh Ann, Sherri, Heather and Mariae, who got together in Tyler, Texas to help and support our United States military. These aforementioned “Boot Girls” are encouraging the American public to purchase a pair of combat boots and wear these boots during their daily routines, as a symbolic way of honoring the men and women serving in the military, as well as remembering the sacrifices they make.
These country and bluegrass musicians are working along with the “Boot Girls” to help spread the organization’s mission. Their empowering motto is “when they come back, we give back!”
The Boot Campaign has their own brand of signature boots which are available for purchase at their website. The proceeds of these boots sales benefit partner organizations such as Marcus Lutttrell’s Lone Survivor Foundation. To learn more about The Boot Campaign, please visit their official website: www.bootcampaign.com.