OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Longtime supporter of American soldiers and singer/songwriter Toby Keith announces the formation of "Pros 4 Vets" with fellow Co-founders and NFL superstars Tommie Harris of the Chicago Bears, Roy Williams of the Cincinnati Bengals, and Mark Clayton of the St. Louis Rams.
"This is a subject very near to my heart," said Toby Keith. "Our soldiers leave their families to fight for us, and we want to fight for them. Long after the 'Welcome Home' parade, many soldiers face medical and legal challenges. It's our duty as Americans to take care of our men and women in uniform when they come home. We invite professionals from all fields to step up to this challenge and help American soldiers and veterans."
The mission of Pros 4 Vets is to raise awareness of the enormous needs faced by American service members, veterans and their families and to help them with those needs. The non-profit group will bring together the talents and skills of lawyers, doctors and other professionals to provide free professional services, such as legal assistance or medical care. Visit www.pros4vets.org for more information.
From his first single and No. 1 smash "Should've Been A Cowboy" to his latest album and Billboard Top 200 chart-topper Bullets In The Gun, Toby Keith has been one of the most consistent self-directed hit makers of his era. He's now in his 18th consecutive year having had a #1 single every year since his first release. And Bullets' title track is currently racing up the charts. In the history of recorded music, artists exhibiting that kind of consistency and longevity are in an exclusive club. Toby Keith, however, may be in a class by himself.
At the core of Toby Keith's unparalleled success is his songwriting, which has powered an astounding succession of hit songs. He has been the principle creative force behind songs that have competed and won at the highest levels of commercial music for nearly two decades – to the tune of 70 million-and-counting airings on commercial radio stations nationwide. He has been honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association International with its Songwriter/Artist of the Decade distinction, and is a three-time BMI Country Songwriter/Artist of the Year. On its own, Toby Keith's songwriting is a career beyond imagining, but it is also the foundation of a much larger entertainment presence.
His albums have sold more than 33 million copies, ranking him among the top-selling all-genre artists on Billboard's Top 200 Artists of the Decade. Toby Keith is also Billboard's No. 1 Artist of the Decade and No. 1 Country Songwriter of the Decade. His tours, long sponsored by Ford Trucks, have drawn more than one million fans each year for the last decade. And his roster of I Love This Bar and Grill restaurants continues to grow. These, among other endeavors, have earned Toby Keith annual recognition from Forbes as one of the very top-earning entertainer/musicians in the world.
But Toby Keith's most rewarding experiences, as exhibited in his continual devotion to them, come from giving back. Whether it's helping sick children and their families in his native Oklahoma through the Toby Keith Foundation or visiting American soldiers at forward operating bases in international war zones, Toby Keith has never lost touch with the most important things in life. Surely that perspective and work ethic contribute to his ongoing success as a singer, songwriter and entertainer.
SOURCE Pros 4 Vets