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Craig Morgan arrives at the CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Sanford Myers/Invision/AP)

Sometimes supporting our service men and women starts with a simple “thank you.”

U.S. Army veteran-turned-country star Craig Morgan encourages everyone not to be “embarrassed, scared or afraid” to thank the troops you may see in uniform.

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He tells Rare Country, “It does mean a lot. You might not think [it does]. And even some of the soldiers I’ve talked to go, ‘Man, it’s a little embarrassing,’ but they remember it. And it does mean a lot.”

You could also offer to buy a soldier’s meal or coffee if you find yourself standing behind them in line at a restaurant or café.

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“That means a lot to a soldier,” Craig adds. “It makes him feel like what he’s doing is worthy.”

Just like you’re doing by thanking the soldiers you see in your area, Craig says it’s best to donate your time and money to the organizations helping veterans in your town.

“They are going to help the people from your community,” he explains. “That’s where you need to start. And then a lot of those have branched off into larger organizations.”

Craig hopes to see that gratitude toward our soldiers spill over into everyday life, too.

He reminds us, “We should be a more grateful nation. We live in the greatest place in the world. So, we should express that gratitude and especially to the men and women that are serving.”


On the music front, Craig is gearing up to release his brand-new album, “A Whole Lot More to Me,” featuring his latest hit, “I’ll Be Home Soon,” on June 3.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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