Platinum-selling band Kutless has teamed with Samaritan's Purse on the Military Mission Project. The partnership is through Operation Heal Our Patriots (OHOP), a project of the Christian humanitarian organization that ministers to service members of all U.S. military branches.
After touring around the world and meeting members of the armed forces, Kutless wanted to give back to the troops.
"We have gotten to meet and interact with service members stationed everywhere from Alaska to Germany, and we are grateful for the stories they have shared with us," said frontman Jon Micah Sumrall. "Hearing their struggles and stories of sacrifice has both inspired and encouraged us.
"We hope that our music continues to be a blessing and an encouragement to all of our countries' service members, but we desired to do more to try and help and impact those who have sacrificed so much for all of us," he added. "That is why we created the Kutless Military Mission."
The project is a two-fold ministry, with the band giving away free concert tickets to active and retired military members and their spouses. Secondly, Kutless is donating a portion of all merchandise proceeds to OHOP.
More than 48,000 U.S. service members have been wounded or injured as a result of combat actions in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere since the 2001 terrorist attacks.
"On behalf of Operation Heal Our Patriots, the staff of Samaritan Lodge Alaska and the hundreds of injured veteran families we minister to, I extend our heartfelt appreciation to Kutless for their selfless dedication to this great project," said James R. Fisher, a retired chaplain who was in the U.S. military for more than 30 years who now serves as OHOP's chaplain. "Their support, both through their music and their service, has a direct impact on veterans hearing the gospel and finding healing through Jesus our Lord."
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