Brantley Gilbert Gives CMT Music Awards Tickets to Purple Heart Recipient

Friendship Formed During Recent Motorcycle Ride for the Wounded Warriors Project

The glitter from the 2015 CMT Music Awards has been swept away for another year, but I just couldn’t let this great Brantley Gilbert story go unnoticed.

Gilbert, one of the most genuine and generous country stars you’ll ever meet, showed just how big his heart truly is earlier this week, when he handed over his awards show tickets to one truly deserving veteran — Staff Sgt. Justin Patterson, who served five tours of duty in Iraq as a U.S. Army sniper.

Patterson met the country star over the recent Memorial Day weekend during a motorcycle ride to support the Wounded Warrior Project’s new Rolling Odyssey program and celebrate the release of Gilbert’s Just as I Am: Platinum Edition,

Patterson was so grateful for his commitment to our nation’s veterans, he gave his first Purple Heart medal to Gilbert during the ride. Moved by the gesture, Gilbert wanted to honor his new friend.

“I’ll never be able to thank you enough for your gift when we were on the ride,” Gilbert told him in a personal video message that aired during a recent airing of Fox & Friends. “It means more to me than you’ll ever know.”

To show his appreciation, Gilbert explained that he and his fiancée were unable attend Wednesday night’s (June 10) CMT Music Awards in Nashville, so he offered his tickets to

This isn’t the end of their friendship, either. They reportedly talk to each other every day with a sense of camaraderie we should all be so lucky to find.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.