Trace Adkins’ “Still a Soldier” Video Stars Army Veteran

Spc. Brian Gerwitz Defused IEDs in Iraq

There aren’t enough thank you’s in the world to express the gratitude America has for those who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. That’s what makes songs like Trace Adkins’ “Still a Soldier” so important.

In the official music video, there are no actors. Instead, the clip stars Army Spc. Brian Gerwitz in a mini-movie that shows what happens when combat veterans return to civilian life.

“It was important to us to have veterans and their families in the video,” Adkins told CMT.com during a recent Q&A with Gerwitz. “These people, they follow orders. They’re dedicated patriots. And that kind of commitment is something that I have the utmost respect for, and I think that my work with veterans’ organizations over the years has been the most rewarding thing that I’ve had the chance to do.”

Acting as himself was a departure for Gerwitz. As a combat engineer, his role while stationed in Iraq was finding and defusing IEDs — a task that is considered to be one of the Army’s most dangerous jobs.

“Every single day, all day, what we did was try to find them before they found us,” Gerwitz said. “[Coming home] was hard. It still is hard, to be honest with you, and that goes for a lot of combat veterans. When you go through stuff like that, it changes you for the rest of your life. You look at things differently. You handle things differently. It’s an ongoing process, and it has been for me for seven years now.”

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