Randy Houser joined Eckrich, part of the John Morrell Food Group, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, yesterday, June 11, for a special homecoming for wounded military service members and their families. Accompanied by the Eckrich mobile sampling tour, Houser participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Operation Homefront Village in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The chart-topping singer and songwriter also performed select hits to help welcome the families to their new homes before joining them in a cookout featuring Eckrich naturally hardwood smoked sausage and savory deli meats.
Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney A. Katz and members of his council were also in attendance to celebrate the opening of the new Operation Homefront Village located at Hidden Creek Apartments. The Village will provide the military families with rent-free accommodation while they transition from the military to civilian life due to their injuries.
Houser performed for the Operation Homefront Village families and several hundred Hidden Creek Apartments residents in attendance and also distributed a $100 gift card good at Giant Food stores to each Village family, on behalf of Eckrich. Prior to his performance, Houser spent one-on-one time with selected military families who are currently Village residents and personally thanked each family for their service to the country and for their sacrifice. Houser has been a supporter of our military troops and their families throughout his career, and has even traveled to Iraq to perform for the active soldiers there.
“The men and women who serve this country, and their families, sacrifice so much to protect our freedom,” said Houser. “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to show our appreciation and join Eckrich in supporting military families with Operation Homefront.”
The visit and cookout were part of the Eckrich “Operation Inspiration” campaign which supports and honors military families. This is Houser’s first year of partnering with Eckrich and his participation with the award-winning campaign. He will continue to honor military families throughout the summer at select concerts and events.
For more information about Eckrich, including “Operation Inspiration,” it’s partnership with Randy Houser and its mobile sampling tour, please visit www.facebook.com/EckrichMeats.