This is what 'country' is all about, in both definitions of the word. For this big guy, a United States veteran, and Brantley Gilbert, it's a moment neither will ever forget

Brantley Gilbert has been a part of the "Rolling Odyssey" Program though the Wounded Warrior Project. It's a therapeutic ride for combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and readjustment challenges.

Check out this video of a big and burly man in the red shirt, who participated in the ride, had the opportunity to meet Brantley back stage. The man, who is a veteran, was shaking and very nervous. There is a good reason why.

This is definitely not your normal backstage 'meet and greet'.

In the video the veteran says to Brantley:

I don’t know how to put this into words…I’m not really an emotional guy,” began the man. “I really have not been out of the house for over two years with my PTSD, except for the occasional trip to the grocery store. What you are doing for us? You have no idea what that’s doing for us soldiers. I don’t know any other way to thank you. I can’t give you a Grammy or a country music award…I could thank you a million times, but for me, I have a gift for you.

Shortly after the veteran reaches into his pocket and says:

My blood, sweat and tears are on this, I’d like to give you my first purple heart.


It is at that moment that he begins to cry along with Brantley Gilbert. Both men share a big hug realizing the importance of what had just occurred.

This is what country music and it's fans are all about!


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