July 24, 2008 / 3:16 AM / 10 years ago

Kanye West visits veterans on home turf

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Kanye West has joined forces with MTV for the documentary “Choose or Lose & Kanye West Present: Homecoming,” the next installment of the “Choose or Lose” campaign, which tells the stories of war veterans and the difficulties they face once they return home.

Kanye West (R) accepts the award for best collaboration for "Good Life " with T-Pain at the 2008 BET Awards in Los Angeles June 24, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

In the one-hour show, West and MTV host Sway Calloway pay surprise visits to recently returned Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans. West and Calloway give each veteran a financial gift — paying off their debts, taking care of their rent or funding their tuition — on behalf of MTV and the Dr. Donda West Foundation.

“I know my music inspires and helps a lot of people, but you can always do more,” West said via a statement. “I teamed up with MTV and took the opportunity to share the spotlight with these veterans and hear their stories. I went to their homes to listen and get their firsthand experiences. I wanted to hear their stories.”

Reuters/Billboard

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