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Keep on rockin’ with second CD ‘For the Troops’

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --  The "For the Troops II" logo. (Courtesy graphic)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The "For the Troops II" logo. (Courtesy graphic)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A number of top musical acts want to thank servicemembers for their service and the sacrifices they make for the United States with the release of a new "For the Troops II" CD, available now for free download at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service Web site, Active duty service members or veterans can use their valid military ID to log on to the site.

"I'm excited that the CD 'For the Troops' is back with a new roster of fantastic artists and great songs," said John Ondrasik who performs under the pseudonym Five for Fighting and spearheaded the CD's development. "After the response from last year's effort, creating a sequel was a no-brainer. The CD 'For the Troops II' has a bit more rock and a few surprises, but at its core is a thank you to those whose sacrifice secures our freedom and that of our children."

The complete track listing of "For the Troops II" is: 3 Doors Down - When I'm Gone; Daughtry - Home; Five for Fighting - Freedom Never Cries; Good Charlotte - I Don't Want to Be in Love (Dance Floor Anthem); Gretchen Wilson - California Girls; Isaac Hayes - Theme From Shaft; Joe Perry - Shakin' My Cage; Josh Groban - Machine; Jude - I Think It's Time (Everything's Alright); Keith Urban - Everybody; Maroon 5 - Won't Go Home Without You; Roy Orbison - In Dreams; Alan Jackson - Where I Come From;and Trace Adkins - Fightin' Words.

"We strongly believe that music can be an effective and healthy mental break during times of stress or family separation," said TriWest president and CEO David J. McIntyre, Jr. "We are exceptionally grateful for individuals like John Ondrasik and the other artists, who are driven to thank our troops in memorable ways and who encourage others to do the same. It is an honor for TriWest to serve America's military families, and we hope more Americans also remember to thank those who protect our safety and freedom."

This is the follow-up to the "For the Troops" CD released last fall. Ondrasik partnered with AAFES, TriWest Healthcare Alliance and the Recording Industry Association of America to produce and release both CDs.

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