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Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:30 am

For the third year, country music artist Granger Smith is walking from Austin to Fort Hood to raise money and awareness for service members.

Smith began his annual 100-mile journey Sunday and anticipates reaching Fort Hood’s main gate Thursday afternoon.

Smith will put on a free concert from 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday at Fort Hood Harley-Davidson, 875 W. Central Texas Expressway in Harker Heights, where advance copies of his latest album, in stores Tuesday, will be available for purchase. Donations will be welcomed at the door, and every dollar will go back to support troops through the Boot Campaign, according to a release on the Autsin-based singer’s website.

Known as the “Boot Walk,” the event raises funds for the Boot Campaign, a national nonprofit dedicated to showing tangible appreciation of active military, raising awareness of the challenges they face upon return and supporting their transition home.

“It has always been important to me to help raise awareness, morale and patriotism for our freedom fighters. It’s easy to forget we’re still a country at war and we want this year’s campaign to be bigger and better than the last,” Smith said in the release. “To reach more people; to raise more money for Boot Campaign; to remind people to thank a soldier. ... They volunteer to ensure our way of life.”

To follow Smith’s five-day journey to Fort Hood or to donate to the Boot Campaign, go to www.bootwalk.com.

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