To help kick off ACM week, a special Salute to the Military concert was held, presented by NRA Country, which raised a whopping $50,000 for the cause. Country music's hottest stars came out to perform for the benefit (held on March 31), including Craig Morgan, John Rich, Lee Brice, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Bradley Gaskin, JT Hodges, Kip Moore and Thompson Square. The show was hosted by Robin Meade, singer and anchor of HLN's 'Morning Express with Robin Meade.'

The event was free and open to the general public as a celebration for military families and country music fans alike. Those with military IDs were given the extra perk of being seated in a special reserved section of the event held at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

The evening was extra special for Keifer and Shawna Thompson of Thompson Square. It was on stage that evening when they were presented with their first-ever ACM win for Duo of the Year. Emotions ran high throughout the rest of the show, which was part of the ACM Experience.

Folds of Honor Foundation accepted $20,000, Wounded Warrior Project received $20,000 and Nellis Air Force Base Youth Programs was presented with $10,000.