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3/2/04

Proud Of East Texas: Neil McCoy

Country music star Neil McCoy of Longview, was one of the very first American entertainers to take his music to our troops in Afghanastan and Iraq, experiences he says he'll never forget.

 It was soon after 9/11/2001 that McCoy was asked to join a USO tour to Afghanastan. He's been on four additonal tours since that time, including his latest to Iraq.

McCoy has entertained American troops ranging from General Tommy Franks aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz, to soldiers in Middle East camps so hidden they're not even given names.

McCoy admits he's been in some pretty "hairy" situations on his USO trips, but feels any danger is offset by the priviledge of getting to meet and entertain the men and women who are fighting to protect us.

During his trips, McCoy has had the opportunity to see how our soldiers are helping the Afghan and Iraqi people. A trip to a local school was one of his most memorable experiences.

McCoy says that in spite of some of the negative coverage we see in the U.S., morale among our troops is high and their dedication to their jobs admirable. "I'm your biggest fan" has been McCoy's theme song during his USO tours, because it best expresses how he feels about our troops abroad.

From the troops reaction to McCoy's trips, it seems the feeling is mutual.

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