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VAN LEER, TN - MARCH 31: Recording Artist James Otto and Recording Artist/Host Craig Morgan at The Craig Morgan Charity Events motocross ride at The Chigger Run on March 31, 2009 in Van Leer, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

On Veteran’s Day it’s important to salute the men and women who served our country. We support you, we see you, we appreciate you!

These country stars don’t just sing about the red, white and blue, but they served in our US Military as well! We salute all of these men who sacrificed their lives to serve our country. And if you are a Veteran in MA, scroll down to see what companies are giving Military deals or freebies today!


  • Craig Morgan

    Craig Morgan is a 17-year veteran of the Army and Army Reserves.  Opining on his reason for joining the military, Morgan said, “I’m an American country boy who loves his country, his family and his God, and all of those things collectively dictate who I am.”

  • George Jones

    George Jones was a veteran of the US Marine Corps. Though Jones served in the 1950s, during the Korean War, he was stationed in California and never saw combat.

  • Willie Nelson

    Willie Nelson enrolled in the US Air Force after he left high school in 1950. He was medically discharged due to back problems after nine months.

  • Johnny Cash

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    1st March 1979: Country music legend Johnny Cash (1932 – 2003) in London.

    Johnny Cash spent four years in the US Air Force in the 1950s. He was stationed in West Germany for most of that time, and notably eavesdropped on Soviet communication as a radio intercept officer. Over the course of his employment with USAF, Cash learned to translate Russian Morse code.

  • Kris Kristofferson

    Kris Kristofferson

    Kris served as an army helicopter pilot. He attained the rank of Captain while serving.

    Kris Kristofferson once self-identified as an “army brat,” because his father’s position as a US Army Air Corps officer  entailed that the family moved around a lot during his childhood. In 1960, the younger Kristofferson followed in his father’s military footsteps, becoming an army helicopter pilot. In 2011, the famed country singer received the Veteran of the Year award at the American Veteran Awards.

  • George Straight

    George Strait served in the U.S. Army from 1971 to 1975, and had reached the rank of Corporal by the end of his service. During his time in the 25th Infantry Division at Hawaii’s Schofield Barracks, Strait began performing under the name Santee.

  • James Otto

  • Jamey Johnson

  • Conway Twitty

    Conway Twitty

    American singer Conway Twitty at a press reception for his new record ‘Oh Boy’, at the Society Restaurant in London, May 5th 1959. (Photo by Reg Burkett/Keystone/Getty Images)

    After graduating from high school, Conway Twitty was offered a contract to play baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies, but was unable to accept because he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. Twitty began pursuing his musical career after completing his service.

  • John Prine

    John Prine

    HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 01: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white.) John Prine performs at John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on October 01, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

    Famed country-folk singer/songwriter John Prine served in the US Army after graduating from high school.

  • Sturgell Simpson

    Sturgill Simpson

    BOSTON, MA – SEPTEMBER 26: Sturgill Simpson performs onstage during day two of the Boston Calling Music Festival at Boston City Hall Plaza on September 26, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

    Sturgell Simpson is a veteran of the US Navy.

  • Josh Gracin

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