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Kanye West Gives Back To Iraq War Vets
Posted on Tue Jul 22, 2008 03:11 PM PDT

Kanye West KWest071308_01_X17.jpg LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Rapper Kanye West and MTV's Sway Calloway are giving back to Iraq war veterans on the upcoming MTV News special, Choose or Lose & Kanye West Present: Homecoming. West and Calloway will give three soldiers the surprise of their lives when they visit them at their homes, listen to their stories and express gratitude for their service.

West released the following statement:

"There are hundreds of veterans out there who are falling through the cracks. They make the ultimate sacrifices for us by laying down their lives, but it seems like a lot of them just get forgotten about. I know my music inspires and helps a lot of people, but you can always do more. I teamed up with MTV and took the opportunity to share the spotlight with these veterans and hear their stories. I went to their homes to listen and get their firsthand experiences. I wanted to hear their stories."

On behalf of MTV and the Dr. Donda West Foundation, West and Calloway will give each veteran a life-changing gift, ranging from paying off their debts, to taking care of their rent or tuition.

Dave Sirulnick, executive vice president for MTV News and Production, said in a statement:

"The stories of the veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are important and worth telling. In conversations with veterans over the last year, it became clear that Kanye's music is used by soldiers in Iraq as a way of connecting to home. Once these veterans return home, their stories are so moving that you can't help but want to do the right thing and help them out."

The one-hour special will air on MTV on July 28 at 10pm EST.


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