Tim McGraw recently sat down with the Academy of Country Music before a stop on the Brothers of the Sun Tour to talk about giving mortgage-free homes to military families through HomeFront, a nationwide program he launched in partnership with Chase, ACM Lifting Lives and Operation Homefront. ACM Lifting Lives has donated $125,000 to the initiative. A total of 18 homes have been awarded so far.
Joining Tim during the interview was retired U.S. Marine Sgt. Anthony Hodge and his wife, Laura, whom Tim presented with keys to their new Canoga Park, California home. Sgt. Hodge retired from the U.S. Marine Corps earlier this year after ten years of service. He completed tours in Kuwait and Iraq as a field rig operator before retiring from injuries sustained while deployed.
“Tim has always been dedicated to the military, and he always gives shout outs to us and he just supports us in everything that he can do,” Sgt. Hodge said. “It’s just like he understands us. This new home is a dream come true, and will definitely allow us to start fresh for a happier life.”
“Our military families answer a call to action every day, and Operation Homefront gives civilians an opportunity to give back to them,” Tim said. “I consider it an honor to partner with Lifting Lives, Chase and Operation Homefront on this initiative to help these heroes. Anyone can make a donation – small or large – to support this effort, and we also hope to spread the word to military families that they are invited to apply for help, if they need it.”
You can view the complete interview with Tim and Sgt. Hodge at www.acmliftinglives.org.