Maddie Rien is a 17 year old singer-songwriter and actress. Growing up as a military kid and having to move around constantly, she quickly discovered that music was her greatest confidant. Each song Maddie writes stems from her own personal experiences as a teenager and she hopes that others, no matter the age, can relate. We sat down with Maddie to learn more about why Boot Campaign and giving back to the military means so much to her.

What does service mean to you? To serve others means that there is a need out there that should be met, but it is not one that is forced upon you. You serve your community and those around you selflessly, which is what our men and women in uniform do daily.

Why is it important for you and your generation to give back to the military community? Growing up as a military brat, I saw and experienced first hand the sacrifices that our men and women in uniform and their families make for our country’s freedom. I wrote my latest single, Home, about what it’s like to be a military family on the move and never feeling like you have a true physical place to call home. It’s the little things that most people take for granted that our military and their families sacrifice daily. It’s my generation and future generations’ duty to make sure that honor and respect continue to be paid towards those who willingly put their lives on the line to protect our nation.

What does the Boot Campaign mission mean to you? The Boot Campaign not only recognizes the sacrifices made by our military and their families, but they give back to those who give to our country daily. The mission of the Boot Campaign is one that I love and will always support.

What does Patriotism mean to you? Patriotism means to have loyalty and pride in your nation, to protect the freedoms that America has, and to pay our respects to those who stand on the front lines. To have pride in our country means that we are open to growth, recognizing that we can always improve as a nation, but also realizing that we can be proud of how far we have come.

Link to Maddie’s Song “Home”: https://fanlink.to/homebymaddierien