Gino DePinto, The Boot
"Obviously, I'm more than happy to take a photo and sign anything my fans would like during the CMA Music Festival, but what I really want is for them to sign a message of support for our troops," says Craig. "Even though more and more of our troops are coming home, there are still thousands serving our nation in harm's way. We want them to know that they have our unconditional love and support, and signing a Toast card is one small way to demonstrate that."
Since the first "Toast to the Troops" event was held at Fort Campbell, Jack Daniel's and the USO have held 15 stuffing parties around the country and mailed 160,000 care packages to the men and women serving overseas. Along with the goodwill messages, the packages also contain goodies and necessities like international calling cards, sunscreen, playing cards, disposable cameras and snacks.
Craig is a longtime supporter of the military, and as a former military man himself, the cause is one that is near and dear to his heart. He spent over 10 years in active duty in the Army and an additional nine years in the reserves, and received the USO's Merit Award in 2006.
With his recent appearance on Lifetime's "Army Wives" and an upcoming guest spot on "Rizzoli & Isles" with buddy Angie Harmon, plus the success of his Outdoor Channel show, "All Access Outdoors," (which will soon move into a prime time slot on the network,) he can definitely add TV star to his growing list of achievements.
His new single, "Corn Star," was recently released to radio, and he told The Boot he hopes to cast petite bombshell Kristin Chenoweth as his leading lady in the video for the somewhat "corny" song, which might have some "Hee Haw" moments in it if he gets his way.