A very noble effort to help support our (U.S.) troops in the remote areas of Afghanistan is being carried out by Peter King, NFL writer for Sports Illustrated and an NBC Football analyst, and John Ondrasik.
Ondrasik is a conservative, and the creative force behind the band “Five For Fighting” (And he actually has a boatload of talent, unlike a certain washed-up ukulele playing pony-tailed douchebag)
We’re raising money through the U.S.O. to supply gaming systems (Play stations, X Boxes, etc.), DVD players, athletic equipment, snacks, furniture, and tons more.
All we’re asking for is $5 for our fighting men and women, hence the borrowed name from John Ondrasik’s band “Five For Fighting”.
If you don’t know who John Ondrasik and his band “Five For Fighting” are, here’s his wikipedia bio (Wiki rules- You are free to Share—to copy, distribute and transmit the work) followed by one of his videos, “100 Years”…
Five for Fighting is the stage name of American singer-songwriter John Ondrasik.
In 2008 Ondrasik wrote and recorded the song “Brothers in Arms” for the award winning documentary film Brothers at War. “Brothers at War is an honest glimpse into the reality of our troops and their families. I wrote the song two hours after seeing the film,” Ondrasik said. “The final production you hear is the demo I recorded that night in my living room, accompanied by a string section Lee Holdridge composed and directed a year later.” Ondrasik collaborated with the film’s production team of Jake Rademacher (Director/Producer), Norman Powell (Producer), Gary Sinise (Executive Producer) and David Scantling (Executive Producer) on the project.
Ondrasik, under the auspices of the USO, performed for service members on a USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour of Guantanamo Bay and other bases in Cuba in February/March 2007. He followed up with another USO tour in November 2007 of Japan, Guam and Hawaii. “I am struck by the sacrifices the troops and their families make for our way of life and I felt was important to show my support,” says Ondrasik.
In November 2007, Ondrasik coordinated the release of 13 free songs for US military members called CD for the Troops. Ondrasik worked with AAFES to deliver more than 200,000 CDs to US troops around the globe and to offer the music from the CD as free MP3 downloads from www.aafes.com. The songs donated include:
* Billy Joel – Scenes from an Italian Restaurant
* Brooks and Dunn – “Keep on Swinging”
* Five for Fighting – “100 Years”
* The Fray – “How to Save a Life”
* Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band – “Sweet Home Chicago”
* Goo Goo Dolls – “Feel the Silence (Remix)”
* Jewel – “Hands”
* Josh Groban – “February Song”
* Los Lonely Boys – “Heaven”
* Maroon 5 – “She Will Be Loved”
* Nik Kershaw – “Wouldn’t It Be Good”
* Melissa Etheridge – “Come to My Window”
* Montgomery Gentry – “My Town”
* The Neville Brothers – “Brothers”
* Sarah McLachlan – “Wintersong”
Any US military member is eligible to download the music through AAFES.
In November 2008, Ondrasik released another free CD for US military members. “CD for the Troops II” has 14 free songs and was released on Thanksgiving Day. 200,000 CD’s were pressed for the release and will again be available online at www.aafes.com. The songs donated include:
* 3 Doors Down – When I’m Gone
* Daughtry – Home
* Five for Fighting – Freedom Never Cries
* Good Charlotte – I Don’t Want To Be In Love
* Gretchen Wilson – California Girls
* Isaac Hayes – Theme From Shaft
* Joe Perry – Shakin’ My Cage
* Josh Groban – Machine
* Jude – I Think It’s Time
* Keith Urban – Everybody
* Maroon 5 – Won’t Go Home Without You
* Roy Orbison – In Dreams
* Alan Jackson – Where I Come From
* Trace Adkins – Fightin’ Words
In November 2009, a third installment of the “For the Troops” compilations was released. The tracks donated for “Stand Up for the Troops” (all of the contributions are from comedians save for Ondrasik’s):
* Chris Rock – “The Big Piece of Chicken”
* Dennis Miller – “The Week in Review”
* Adam Sandler – “Lunch Lady Land”
* Ray Romano – “Bachelor Party/Juice/Potato Chips”
* Jeff Foxworthy – “Have Your Loved Ones Spayed or Neutered”
* Dana Carvey – “Parenting”
* Matt Iseman – “Dungeons and Dragons/Like a Good Neighbor”
* Kevin Nealon – “Shut that Party Down”
* Kevin James – “Greeting Cards”
* John Ondrasik – “Brothers in Arms” (from the documentary “Brothers at War”)
The singer’s ongoing support of servicemen and women, and his dedication to his own wife and children, even led to him receiving a special fatherhood award from the National Fatherhood Initiative’s 2009 Military Fatherhood Award Ceremony.
And yes, I did donate $5, well a little more…But all we’re asking for is $5…
Dear Mr. Cooper,
The USO gratefully acknowledges your generous contribution. Your support, together with that of other loyal donors, helps us continue to provide critical services to the men and women of our Armed Forces and their families. Contributions to the USO are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by federal law.
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