Statue of Liberty, in front of the flag.TriWest News

Musicians Band Together to Release CD ‘For the Troops IV’ for America’s Military

12/10/2010

WASHINGTON, D.C — As a thank you to military members for their service
and sacrifice, Grammy Award-nominated musician John Ondrasik and 13 other artists
contributed their talents to CD “For the Troops IV.”

The CD is available for free download to active duty Service members, veterans and their families worldwide with a valid military ID at www.shopmyexchange.com.

Another 200,000 hard copies of the CD are being sent to military bases, USO Centers, and other locations across the nation and overseas, courtesy of TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Operation Homefront.

"I'm excited to launch CD ‘For the Troops IV’ with a new roster of fantastic artists and great songs,” said Ondrasik, who performs under the pseudonym Five For Fighting and spearheaded the CD’s development. “This year’s CD has a bit more pop and a few surprises, but at its core is a thank you to those whose sacrifices secure our freedom and that of our children."

The complete track listing of “For the Troops IV” is:

  • Matchbox 20 – “If You’re Gone”
  • Wynonna – “What the World Needs”
  • Mat Kearny – “Nothing Left to Lose”
  • Brandi Carlile – “Before It Breaks”
  • Five For Fighting – “Note to an Unknown Soldier”
  • Our Lady Peace – “Paper Moon”
  • 12 Stones – “We Are One”
  • Ingrid Michaelson – “Mountain and the Sea”
  • Barenaked Ladies – “Four Seconds”
  • Gavin DeGraw – “Free”
  • Rocket Club – “One Beautiful Thing”
  • Finger Eleven – “Gather and Give”
  • Ryan Star – “Last Train Home”
  • John David Kahn – “American Heart”

"Like John Ondrasik, we strongly believe that music can be an effective and healthy mental break during times of stress or family separation,” said TriWest President and CEO David J. McIntyre, Jr. “We are exceptionally grateful for individuals like John and the other contributing artists who are driven to thank our Service members in memorable ways and who encourage others to do the same. It is an honor for TriWest to partner with John and Operation Homefront to distribute the CDs.”

Ondrasik previously released music compilations of CD “For the Troops” in 2007 and 2008, and a comedy version in 2009. To date, more than 1 million tracks featured on the CD have been downloaded at www.shopmyexchange.com, and another 800,000 CDs were pressed and delivered to Service members and veterans worldwide.

About John Ondrasik

Grammy nominated singer/songwriter John Ondrasik records and performs under the band name Five For Fighting. Mr. Ondrasik has released five studio albums over the last 10 years, including his most recent, “Slice,” featuring the hit title track and “Chances.” His platinum albums, “America Town” and “The Battle For Everything” yielded the two big hits “Superman” and “100 Years.” Five For Fighting's 2006 release of “Two Lights” features the songs, “The Riddle,” “Freedom Never Cries” and “World,” a call to action song that poses the question "What kind of world do you want?" Mr. Ondrasik is known for his deeply personal songs that include social messages, invoke the human spirit and make an emotional connection.

About the Army & Air Force Exchange Service

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint command and is directed by a Board of Directors which is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff. The Exchange has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with articles of merchandise and services and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at http://www.shopmyexchange.com.

About Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers across 23 chapters and has met more than 267,000 needs since 2002. A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, $.95 of total revenue donated to Operation Homefront goes to programs. For more information about Operation Homefront, please visit www.OperationHomefront.net.