Tim McGraw puts on free Veterans Day tribute concert

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Thousands of military service men and women kicked off their Veterans day celebration with a special event. One of country music's biggest names Tim McGraw took the stage at Naval Station Mayport for a Veterans Day Tribute Concert.

"I think it's awesome, it really is. People don't realize how tough Military life can be. We move around all the time you know it can be a hard life," said Ramona Miles.

Miles is celebrating her 25th anniversary with her husband. He's a Navy veteran who served for 26 years and this Veterans Day he and thousands we're thanked for their service by the one and only Tim McGraw.

"I get the easy job. I just sort of show up and play music and have fun. Hopefully I can sort of provide release for everybody, all the tension and the worries that they have in their everyday lives," said McGraw.

The concert was free and was open only to military members. The crowd went crazy for McGraw who also has roots in Jacksonville.

"Well my mom grew up here in Jacksonville, my sister lived in Jacksonville for a long time. My sister is a veteran of First Gulf War, my grandfather was a Navy veteran, I mean Army veteran excuse me, in the military World War II, so I've got a lot of deep roots with the military," added McGraw.

The concert was part of a partnership between Tim McGraw, Home Front, and Chase. One lucky military family, used to moving around a lot, is getting a home, mortgage free.

"Just being able to make it our own, it's going to be really big. I mean as far as everywhere we've been, we've just been passing through. Now we can actually feel like we're home," said Army Specialist James Stone IV.

A big gift for the family of four. And the other big gift was given to thousands who enjoyed hearing their favorite Tim McGraw songs live for Veterans Day.

"'Don't take the girl," said Vic Eisiliones, a Navy veteran with 20 years of service. "My first introduction to Tim McGraw I loved that song."

The Stone family gets to move into their new home in January.


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