Kellie Pickler Visits US Troops in Afghanistan for Christmas

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Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 02:50 PM

By David Ogul

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Country music star and former "American Idol" finalist Kellie Pickler spent Christmas in Afghanistan entertaining troops, visiting wounded soldiers, and posing for photographs.

“She told me I had the most beautiful eyes she had ever seen,” Cpl. Clay Beyersdorfer told The Washington Post about 27-year-old Pickler. “I’m ready to die now.”

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Pickler gained fame when she appeared in the fifth season of "American Idol," finishing in sixth place but capturing a devoted following. She soon signed a record deal and was part of the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2006. Her debut album, "Small Town Girls," was an instant success and has sold nearly 1 million copies.

Pickler embarked on her seventh USO tour Dec. 20 and performed five shows. The latest venture is part of an Every Moment Counts campaign launched on Veterans Day that aims to encourage Americans to support our troops with everyday moments.

“The USO tours and programs I’ve been a part of have definitely been the highlight of my career, so I’m honored to join the USO in helping to raise awareness about the many precious moments that our troops and their families sacrifice due to their commitment and service to our country,” Pickler said in a statement obtained by E! online. “Every Moment Counts is especially close to my heart because it not only recognizes their personal sacrifices, but give Americans the opportunity to thank our troops with a special gift of a moment.”

Her Facebook page has been filled with photos of her trip and support from fans.

“My son Caleb saw you yesterday,” wrote Rob Rabun. “You really made a Christmas for so many men and women who were not able to be at home, a one that they will not forget. You’ll never know the full impact you made on our troops. Thank you so much for taking Christmas to them. Merry Christmas!!!”

Pickler said the war in Afghanistan was an important fight. “If I were an Afghan woman, I would hope someone would help me provide a better life for me and my children,” she said, according to The Washington Post.

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