Throughout his career, Brantley Gilbert has always made it a point to give back to our armed forces. Today is no different, as Gilbert found a way to combine two of his greatest passions — dogs and American veterans.
Gilbert, teamed with Pedigree, will adopt eight dogs from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and provide them to eight American veterans, in an attempt to offer them a companion to help with healing. Pedigree will give recipients one year of free dog food for their new family members. Also joining the ranks on this project is the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization, which will select the eight individuals to receive the pets.
Gilbert explained in a recent press release:
Nothing helps heal like an animal’s love. These dogs aren’t just good dogs, they’re trained to help their veteran, and new companion, cope with stress, memories and triggers people can’t see and provide them with a sense of solid grounding. I am honored that the PEDIGREE brand agreed to be a part of this campaign, because it’s something I really wanted to do – and they understand so many of the reasons why this is such a good remedy for these veterans.
The dogs and veterans will be united at stops during Gilbert’s The Ones That Like Me Tour. The tour begins on April 19 in Lexington, Kentucky and will go through October. Show dates also include several festivals and fairs that will take place in the summer months. Opening for Gilbert during his headlining tour will be Aaron Lewis and Josh Phillips.
To learn more about Brantley Gilbert’s project with Pedigree and the DAV, watch the video above and follow him on his social media accounts.