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Posted on February 28, 2011
Dolly Parton may be known for her sequined dresses and shoe selections, but she recently traded in her signature high heels for a pair of combat boots.
Parton joins the ranks of celebrities such as Jim Caviezel, Charlie Daniels, the Oak Ridge Boys, Randy Houser, Joe Nichols, Gretchen Wilson and Bleu Edmondson, and proudly announced her support of the Boot Campaign.
What is the Boot Campaign? The grassroots organization’s mission is to see an American wearing a pair of boots for every soldier serving, which works out to be roughly 1.4 million people. The funds raised are donated to veteran charities: Lone Survivor Foundation, Wounded Wear, Not Alone and Military Warriors Support Foundation.
“So many people, regular folks and celebrities, send out love and sincere thanks to you for keeping us safe and fighting for our freedom,” said Parton in a statement. “Let me add to that loving list. Thank you from the bottom of my country heart. I will always love you.”
The Boot Campaign was the brainchild of five professional women hailing from Texas. After reading Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell, they brainstormed ideas to give back to the men and women of the U.S. military. Luttrell, a retired Navy Seal, has been photographed in a pair of Altama combat boots.
Although the Boot Campaign is more about raising awareness, it has brought in over $100,000 to date.