When soldiers and their families walk through the doors of Operation Once in a Lifetime’s resale center, employees listen to their stories and struggles.

The nonprofit provides services for soldiers, including food and financial assistance, through its Sgt. Leevon Ritter Support Your Troops Resale Center in Killeen.

The nonprofit recently started an Operation Kickin’ Cancer initiative to ease the financial stress soldiers may feel as they try to beat their disease.

In a fundraising effort, Whiskey Creek Saloon in Killeen will hold a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, featuring country artist Sammy Kershaw, whose song “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1993.

Michael Robertson, Whiskey Creek Saloon manager, said he’s happy to host the event.

“I’ve always wanted to give back to the military ever since I’ve started working (here),” he said. “Country music is really healthy for soldiers.”

Ash Wells, vice president of the resale center, said Friday’s event will be the second concert the nonprofit will host. She hopes to have many more throughout the summer.

“This is a great way to give back,” Wells said. “We want to help every single soldier.”

Wells said she’s already identified two Fort Hood soldiers who will benefit from Operation Kickin’ Cancer.

“When we get stories of the soldiers, who are not just battling their life for the country, but battling for their life altogether ... that makes us want to help them even more. Not every family has to go through this and we pray that no other family has to come to us with this situation.”

Wells said she wants soldiers to know the community supports them, even during their personal struggles.

“They don’t have to battle alone,” she said.

Contact Sarah Rafique at srafique@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7549. Follow her on Twitter at KDHreporter.

I'm the education reporter at the Killeen Daily Herald. Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SarahRafique

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