Brantley Gilbert’s Act of Kindness Changes Life for Wounded Veteran [WATCH]
Brantley Gilbert is vocal about his support of the military, but he isn't just offering empty words. Earlier this year, the "One Hell of an Amen" singer joined the Wounder Warrior Project's Rolling Odyssey therapy program for their inaugural Memorial Day weekend motorcycle ride, and now, fans can get a behind-the-scenes look at the trek.
It was during the 2015 Rolling Odyssey trip, a two-day trip from Houston, Texas, to Baton Rouge, La., that Gilbert met veteran Justin Patterson, who was an Army sniper until 2008, when he received a traumatic brain injury when his vehicle was blown up by a roadside bomb. Patterson realized that he was dealing with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) after he spent two years in his house, but he credits Gilbert with helping him in his recovery.
“With Brantley coming out here, that was just the cherry on the top,” Patterson says. “... The coolest thing is that you’ve got a man who could be anywhere in the world and do anything he wants, and he chose to come out and raise awareness with us. And for me, that’s a Godsend. For somebody to come and want to help and want to just ride with us and just be one of the guys — we let him into our pack, and sure enough, he fit right in."
Fans may remember that Patterson gave Gilbert his first Purple Heart during the Memorial Day weekend ride to thank him.
“This thing means the world to me,” Gilbert says of the incredible gift. “And I found a lifelong friend named Justin Patterson.”
"[It] changed my heart," Patterson acknowledges. "My heart was hard for a while. I didn’t think there was any positive that was gonna come out of this. I actually didn’t wanna go the first morning. But it’s been life-changing for me. It’s a blessing, and I thank everybody who was involved.”
More information about the Wounded Warrior Project is available on their website.
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