Florida Georgia Line and The Independence Fund Team Up on June 3rd

The Independence Fund

Florida Georgia Line and The Independence Fund Team Up in Dallas, TX 

DALLAS, TX – [June 3, 2017] – The Independence Fund,  a leading national veterans organization, in connection with superstar duo Florida Georgia Line are teaming up to benefit the life of a wounded veteran.  Prior to FGL’s headline THE SMOOTH TOUR stop on Saturday June 3, 2017 in Dallas, TX, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard will be presenting Stephanie Nearing an all-terrain Track Chair. This special chair allows wounded veterans the ability to regain their mobility and independence.


A Wounded Hero


Stephanie Nearing served 8 years in the Navy from August of 1988 to July of 1996. During that time, she deployed multiple times, including to Desert Storm/Shield. During her deployment, she received the Navy Achievement Medal, for assisting  injured Sailors by making orthotics. The other medals she received during service were; National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon Multiple deployments, and Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait). She served on three ships, USS Simon Lake AS-33, USS Shenandoah AD-44, and the USS Emory S. Land AS-39. Stephanie was honorably discharged, due to medical disabilities, from the U.S. Navy.

Stephanie has 2 children Jessica and Gabi who were both delivered at Portsmouth Navy Hospital while Stephanie was in service. Stephanie, her husband Paul (also a Veteran), Gabi, Jessica, Carson (Stephanie’s Grandson) and Jessica’s significant other will be attending the event. 

"As the development director for the Independence Fund, we are thrilled to team up with Florida Georgia Line to change the life of a wounded veteran,” said Sarah Verardo. "As the wife of a catastrophically wounded war veteran, I know firsthand how much these track chairs can change a family’s life, and we are honored to continue to help men and women regain their mobility.”



About the Independence Fund:

The Independence Fund is a 501(c) 3 organization. Donations to the Fund are tax-deductible and help provide injured troops with the tools, therapies, and guidance that they might not otherwise receive. Independence Fund has distributed more than $20M in grants and services to qualifying veterans including track chairs, custom cycles, and retreats for the veteran family.  


About Florida Georgia Line:

FGL’s musical evolution DIG YOUR ROOTS propelled the history-making duo to #1 on the all-genre Billboard Artist 100 and Country Albums charts, delivering the 3X PLATINUM-certified lead single "H.O.L.Y.” [#1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for 18 straight weeks]; PLATINUM-certified hit "May We All” featuring Tim McGraw [12th #1 overall as artists]; and current GOLD-certified standout "God, Your Mama, And Me” featuring Backstreet Boys. Following a landmark DIG YOUR ROOTS TOUR that broke attendance records and played to over one million fans featuring headline-grabbing guest appearances, FGL continues to dominate on the road with the kickoff of THE SMOOTH TOUR 2017 on June 2 in Austin, Texas, including hip-hop icon Nelly and breakout country talent Chris Lane with Morgan Wallen, Ryan Hurd and Russell Dickerson on select dates.

 Pop idols Backstreet Boys will also join FGL for their first-ever headlining stadium shows in Boston (7/7), Minneapolis (7/29) and Chicago (8/12). Bursting with first-rate reviews of their explosive live shows, MusicRow Magazine praised, "Just in case you’ve forgotten, Florida Georgia Line is one of the hottest country acts alive.” Since introducing their breakout vibes in 2012, FGL has earned prestigious honors from the AMA, ACM Awards, CMA Awards, Billboard Music Awards and CMT and is currently nominated for six Billboard Music Awards (5/21) and three CMT MUSIC AWARDS (6/7). Their previous BMLG Records releases – 2X PLATINUM debut HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES and PLATINUM ANYTHING GOES – have attributed to sales surpassing 29 million tracks and more than 3.5 million albums worldwide. Fueled by fresh inspiration, they launched publishing company Tree Vibez Music.

Following the introduction of their Old Camp Pecan Whiskey, their premier restaurant and entertainment destination FGL HOUSE, a four-story attraction with the largest "Cruise” rooftop Nashville has to offer, will also open summer 2017.


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