Brantley Gilbert had the opportunity to do a USO tour a couple of years ago, and the artist is strongly encouraging any artist who gets the same chance to do so without hesitation.

“If anybody gets a chance to do that, take off,” he said of the tour in an interview via Big Machine.

Gilbert even went so far as to say the experience changed his life.

"We were playin’ about 90 minutes and we spent some time doin’ some meet-and-greets and stuff,” he recalls. “After every show we stayed ‘til the whole base came through, and signed everything they had and shook hands with ‘em. I’m tellin’ you man, it was a life-changing experience, to say the least. It was wild, man."

Gilbert has developed a touching relationship with some of America’s soldiers in several ways over the past few months. After spending some time with a Gilbert on a motorcycle ride as part of the Wounded Warrior Project, Staff Sgt. Justin Patterson was moved by the artist’s efforts to support veterans and gave Gilbert his Purple Heart medal. Gilbert says he didn’t know how to repay him, but did offer up his tickets to the 2015 CMT Music Awards to Patterson as a thank-you.

Gilbert also recently volunteered to perform at a benefit show in support of the families of four Marines who were shot and killed in Chattanooga, Tenn. on July 16. A date has not yet been set for the show, which will be put on in partnership with Chattanooga radio station US-101.

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