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Vince Gill will join his wife Amy Grant in hosting a concert to launch a new national initiative to support and connect existing programs for disabled veterans.

Challenge America’s mission is to support the development of recreational and occupational programs in willing communities to link new and existing services to better serve returning injured military and their families.

“It’s going to be a very relaxed, comfortable evening,” Gill told “We’re going to sit in a semi-circle and go around the circle taking turns doing songs. It’ll feel like sitting in a living room. You don’t have any idea where the evening is going to go.”

Performers will include Melinda Doolittle, Alison Krauss, Michael McDonald, Darius Rucker and many more.

“There will be lots of music and laughter,” said Grant. “The evening will bond us together and make us feel what I feel every time I’m in Washington. We are still what George Washington proclaimed us to be: we are the great experiment. We are constantly inventing who we are, and the world is watching. We’ve got to reinvent how we care for our soldiers because they are coming back with lives that need to be led in very vital ways.”

“I’m excited about getting to share what we believe in so deeply,” added Gill. “We want to make an impact on the individuals that have given to us in unimaginable ways. Challenge America 2009 is our way of honoring the men and women who truly are heroes.”

To find out more about the event – which takes place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC on June 8 – or to purchase tickets, visit the official Challenge America website.

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