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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) – Stevie Nicks, Peyton Manning and author Sebastian Junger are bringing some celebrity luster to a USO awards banquet in Arlington.
But the real stars of the event Tuesday night are nearly 30 Medal of Honor recipients being recognized for heroism in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan.
The nonprofit organization is dedicated to lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families.
Singer Stevie Nicks holds the USO record for the most hours spent over a five-year period visiting combat-wounded service members.
The USO is recognizing Denver Broncos quarterback Manning for joining a tour that included stops in Afghanistan and Kuwait.
Junger is getting this year’s Legacy of Hope Award for his books and films about the challenges military members face in combat and upon returning home.
Associated Press / Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Stevie Nicks finds a higher calling helping wounded warriors
ARLINGTON, Va. (NewsChannel 8) – One of the most successful and recognizable singers in music history has found a higher calling.
Rock icon Stevie Nicks has devoted countless hours visiting and helping wounded warriors and their families heal—both physically and emotionally.
“I am more proud of this than Fleetwood Mac or any of the other things I’ve done,” she said.
Nicks, the Grammy-award winning singer and star of Fleetwood Mac, was in the Washington area Tuesday, receiving an award for her profound and passionate work with the USO.
“Doing this gives me something that the rest of my world does not give me and could not possibly give me,” she said.
Nicks hopes others can someday read the numerous stories of the soldiers she’s encountered, and her devotion to helping these veterans and their families is a feeling she doesn’t expect to fade any time soon.
“I have to always come back here,” she said.
Alex Parker / ABC7 / Tuesday, March 24, 2015