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POSTED: August 28, 2007 5:03 a.m.
Paul Wall, “The People’s Champ” visited troops at Camp Victory, Iraq, on Aug. 8.
The platinum rap artist toured the 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters building and spoke with Maj. Richard Dunbar, deputy chief of Information Operations.
Wall said he had “much love” for the soldiers serving in Iraq. He enthusiastically autographed photos and met with numerous service members that morning. Later that evening, Wall performed in front of hundreds of soldiers.
His creative lyrical skills on stage rocked the crowd. He performed several of his hit singles and mentioned that his new album would be out soon. Wall even gave away a free set of “grills” or cosmetic dental apparatuses worn over the teeth. After the performance, he went on to say he would return to Iraq to visit troops again.
Wall casually talked with soldiers in the food court after the concert as well.
Dunbar said he was not a rap fan but appreciated a high profile individual taking time out of his schedule to visit troops in a combat environment.
“I was very impressed with Wall’s dedication to the troops by making himself available to any soldier for photos and signing autographs after his concert that evening,” the major said.
Only a few days earlier, July 30, Wall performed in Balad, Iraq, as part of the “Jamie Kennedy’s Hip-Hop Comedy Tour.”
Wall said, “Being a part of a United Service Organizations tour and performing for troops is amazing. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day and to forget what’s happening overseas. This is my way of letting them know I realize what they’re sacrificing and am truly grateful.”  
Dunbar, from Leland, Miss., said, “The military has provided many opportunities to travel the world and experience life from a unique perspective in which most citizens of Leland do not have,” he said.
He has served in the Army for 13 years and plans on continuing his career despite numerous deployments and the ongoing war in Iraq. He said he expects his Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment to be complete next June.
 

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