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Unique Partnership Shines Light and LOVE on American Heroes and You Can Be a Part of It

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NASHVILLE, TN – MAY 28: Zach Williams performs onstage at the 5th Annual KLOVE Fan Awards at The Grand Ole Opry on May 28, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for KLOVE)

If you missed the 5th Annual K-Love Awards in Nashville this year, the opportunity to catch the event has not fully passed. K-LOVE recently collaborated with the Military Warriors Support Foundation to pull off a star-studded evening honoring military heroes in addition to the many music artists recognized each year. This Tuesday, the entire event may be showing at a theater near you.  In fact, thanks to an additional partnership with Fathom Events, over 500 theaters across the US will be offering “The K-LOVE Fan Awards: Ignite Hope” event.

K-LOVE weekend is an annual event, and this year’s highlight presented two of America’s military families with a newly renovated, mortgage-free home through the Military Warriors Support Foundation.  The event held at Nashville’s Historic Grand Ole Opry, on May 28, was hosted by Emmy award winner, Elizabeth Hasselbeck and four time Grammy nominee, Matthew West.

While it was a fun-filled night jam packed with moving performances by Crowder, Britt Nicole, For King and Country, Mandisa, MercyMe, and others, the most impactful was the honoring of our military and wounded warriors, creating lasting memories for families who have experienced tremendous sacrifice.

Veteran army specialist, Lander Chappell and his family were recipients of one of the free newly renovated homes, and says the event surpassed his expectations.

“The K-LOVE Fan Awards was unlike anything I expected and went above and beyond my expectations.”

Chappell joined the military because he wanted “something better for his life, and wanted to show his family that we make our own destiny.” He was injured in Afghanistan on June 12, 2012, when he stepped onto a pressure plated IED and lost his right leg, as well as some muscle from his left calf, and severely damaged his left ankle.  Chappell credits his family and specifically his wife, Shaquani  also a military veteran, for her patience and for motivating him through all of his happiest and most trying times.  Lander Chappell is also a recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and several other Army medals. He plans to return to the K-LOVE fan awards in the future.

NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 28: Military Warriors Support Foundation attend the 5th Annual KLOVE Fan Awards at The Grand Ole Opry on May 28, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for KLOVE)

NASHVILLE, TN – MAY 28: Military Warriors Support Foundation attend the 5th Annual KLOVE Fan Awards at The Grand Ole Opry on May 28, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for KLOVE)

“It was truly a blessing to be a part of an amazing event, and I can’t wait for next year.”

Cahin Perez, another wounded Army soldier, and his wife Karen, also recipients of a mortgage free home though the MWSF, echoed those sentiments.  Cahin, whose motto is “Never quit. Never give up,” attended the K-LOVE Fan Awards ceremony with his family. Cahin joined the Army because he “felt the need to serve his country” and that he “always wanted to serve in the infantry.” He was injured in November 2015, when he was involved in a Humvee accident at Fort Campbell, KY as he was returning from a live fire exercise.  The Humvee overturned crushing his leg and his shoulder, and he sustained head injuries resulting from a seat belt malfunction. When he awakened at Vanderbilt Medical Center he learned one leg had been amputated and he could no longer use his arm.  He has since learned to walk again.

Perez family receives key to new home

NASHVILLE, TN – MAY 28: Military Warriors Support Foundation attend the 5th Annual KLOVE Fan Awards at The Grand Ole Opry on May 28, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for KLOVE)

The Military Warriors Support Foundation provides support and programs for America’s combat wounded heroes and Gold Star families and Dave Lieske, Vice President for Military Warriors Support Foundation, looks forward to continuing those efforts—“The outpouring of love and support from K-LOVE, and the fans was deeply moving! We look forward to supporting more Heroes in the future.”

K-LOVE Awards: Ignite Hope is scheduled for one night only on Tuesday, June 13th at 7 p.m. If you want to share the love, check your local movie listings for locations. The K-LOVE Radio Network provides 531 signals in 48 states from New York City, to Philadelphia, Nashville and across the country.

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This article first appeared here on HuffPo 

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