The, "New Orleans first family of funk" Neville Brothers have teamed up with a host of 13 mega-artists including, Billy Joel, The Fray, Goo-Goo Dolls, Melissa Etheridge and Jewel to create a free compilation CD, as a thank you to the US troops, veterans and their families for their continued sacrifice and service. "CD for the Troops" is available to download for free to anyone with a valid military id.
John Ondrasik, the singer-songwriter who performs under the stage name Five For Fighting, and key organizer of this project stated, Beyond the artists and managers, all the record companies and publishers had to approve free downloads to over 1.5 million potential users, (It) also could not have been achieved without the financial, logistical, and emotional support of (the Recording Industry Association of America), AAFES, TriWest Health Care Alliance, America Supports You, Media Base and Sony Manufacturing.
The contributing artists, who cross the spectrum on their political views, banded together to release this CD right before the holidays, which is typically the hardest time of year for men and woman stationed abroad.
Music can really help a soldier, when trying to get to sleep at night in the middle of the desert, when taking a rough helicopter ride through the mountains of Afghanistan or when trying to pass time between missions.
If you are interested in sending music or even a toothbrush to a serviceman or woman this holiday season, there are 48 contacts from Louisiana currently listed on AnySoldier.com, an amazing initiative started by a soldier in 2003. This website streamlines requests from soldiers currently serving oversees to citizens who are interested in offering encouragement, comfort and support to those who put their lives on the line for us everyday.