DMGPhoto ID left to right: John Dittrich, Larry Stewart, Greg Jennings,
Mark Woods (Operation Troop Aid), Dave Innis,
Mandi Taylor (WKYQ-FM), Paul Gregg   Photo credit: Darren Zemanek 

Nineties hit-making country music group Restless Heart has been awarded the 2017 Operation Troop Aid® Chris Kyle Patriot Award. The band was presented with the award this past Saturday night at the Touchdowns & Tunes Festival in Mayfield, Kentucky.

“Over the past 11 years of this award, it has been amazing learning about each artist and how they have supported our troops throughout their careers,” says OTA CEO Mark Woods. “In addition to touring overseas many times to perform for our military, what makes Restless Heart even more special is the number of their very own family members who have served our nation, one even receiving the Medal of Honor. Bravo, Restless Heart. Well deserved.”

Each year, the Chris Kyle Patriot Award is presented to an artist or entertainer who goes above and beyond to support our troops. Past recipients include Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr., Kellie Pickler, Gary Sinise, Aaron Tippin, Darryl Worley, Charlie Daniels, and Toby Keith.  The award, formerly the Operation Troop Aid® Patriot Award, was renamed in honor of the late Chris Kyle, a highly decorated Navy SEAL sniper.

“What an honor to receive such an important award!” says Restless Heart lead singer Larry Stewart. “We’ve always prided ourselves on supporting the men and women in uniform. We love our country and our military and place our experiences on multiple world tours and the amazing folks who’ve become our friends at the very top of our memory list. It’s such an honor to be recognized.”

Restless Heart vocalist and pianist Dave Innis adds, “It is always a highlight for me, and for Restless Heart, to perform for our troops and for events that celebrate the amazing sacrifice our men and women in service continue to make for the greatest country in the world. It is humbling to be recognized by Operation Troop Aid, honoring a true American hero, Chris Kyle. Thank you from the entire Restless Heart organization for this prestigious appointment!”

About Restless Heart   Larry Stewart, John Dittrich, Greg Jennings, Paul Gregg and Dave Innis, the men who make up Restless Heart, have enjoyed one of the most successful group careers in country music history. The band has placed over 25 singles on the charts with six consecutive #1 hits, four of their albums have been certified Gold by the RIAA and they have won a wide range of awards from many organizations including the Academy of Country Music’s “Top Vocal Group.”

For more information on the band, visit

DMG1About Operation Troop Aid®    Operation Troop Aid® is an IRS-certified non-profit 501c3 and Combined Federal Campaign member CFC#26493. Founded in 2004 by 21-year military veteran, Mark Woods, OTA partners with entertainment initiatives and provides care packages for U.S. service members with revenue generated through professional event promotions and public financial generosity. OTA strives to make a positive difference and inspire the armed forces by letting them know Americans stand with them. To date, OTA has sent nearly $11 million dollars in care package products to our troops serving overseas.  To donate to the cause, visit  “Like” OTA’s official Facebook Page HERE.

As an entertainment based charity, each year OTA selects and presents the Operation Troop Aid® Chris Kyle Patriot Award to an entertainer / artist that best exemplifies the spirit of patriotic service to our troops and Americanism in their art. It does not necessarily reflect events in that year, as it may be a historical grouping of their achievements to promote our troops and American patriotism. It is an award that embodies a sense of service, supporting our American troops and an overall outlook of honoring our constitution and promoting the freedom that our troops provide

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Photo ID left to right: John Dittrich, Larry Stewart, Greg Jennings,Mark Woods (Operation Troop Aid), Dave Innis,Mandi Taylor (WKYQ-FM), Paul Gregg   Photo credit: Darren Zemanek Nineties hit-making country music group Restless Heart has been awarded the 2017 Operation Troop Aid® Chris Kyle Patriot Award. The band was presented with the...