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Country singer Toby Keith has pulled out of a new movie so he can visit U.S. troops posted in Afghanistan.

Keith is a long-time supporter of the USO, and also helped set up Ally's House, a nonprofit organization that helps families dealing with childhood cancer. Every year he holds a golf tournament that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity.

His dedication to charities such as the USO has earned him the honor of being awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Military Officers Association of America. He picked up the honor on 21 April in Washington, D.C. The award recognizes civilians who give back to military personnel. He will also take part in a 17-show USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour at the end of April, meaning he has had to pull out of the upcoming film, Provinces of Night.

“There aren’t enough words to describe just how grateful I am to our nation’s troops,” he said. “I’ve participated in several USO tours over the years, and I’ve seen firsthand their sacrifice. And I will not stop doing all I can to show my support and lift their spirits.”

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