Although he has been dubbed the “bad boy of country,” Brantley Gilbert has a surprisingly huge heart.
He is extremely vocal about his patriotism and his support for the military, so Brantley decided to team with the Wounded Warrior Project. This special organization offers a variety of programs, service and events for wounded veterans of the military. As of June 1, 2015, Wounded Warrior Project, or WWP, serves 71,866 alumni and 11,494 registered members. Wow!
Over Memorial Day Weekend, Brantley helped WWP launch the Rolling Odyssey, which is a motorcycle ride from Houston to Baton Rouge and back.
Along the way, Brantley formed new relationships, especially with a man named Justin Patterson. Justin tells his story of finding WWP, how much it has helped him since coming back from being deployed, and what Brantley being there means to him.
“The coolest thing is that you have a man who could be anywhere in the world and do anything he wants and chose to come out and raise awareness with us. For me, that’s a Godsend.”
He also explains that Brantley gave him a special gift. “He gave me his rosary, which changed my heart,” he says. Clearly, Brantley thinks of others before he thinks of himself, because that is a huge gesture! Later on, Justin gave Brantley his purple heart, which moved him to tears.
Brantley loves to give back, especially to WWP, and says in a speech,
“I don’t really like a whole lot of attention, believe it or not. So anytime I can take some of the spotlight and shine it on something that really deserves all the attention and has a message like you guys do, it means a lot. I love my freedom, I love my country, I love my guns and you guys protect that for me. And I can’t thank y’all enough”
Watch the heartwarming video below!