When Trace Adkins set out to record his newest single, “Still A Soldier,” he had a very special and specific group in mind.
“We recorded this song well over a year ago, and my intent was always to release it as a tip of my hat to those who have served,” Trace said in a statement. “For those who have crawled off the battlefield but still stand for the anthem … this is for you.”
When it came time to create the music video to go with the inspirational single, Trace wanted to make it as real as possible.
He enlisted the help of former Army Specialist Bryan Gerwitz, who gives us a peek into his daily life since returning home from combat.
Bryan now works in construction to support his family, a young son and a wife who’s expecting their second child. The story describes his everyday experience now that he’s back: leaving the home he bought, in the truck he bough,t to go to his nine-to-five job, and spending his weekends taking care of the house and watching football.
It seems like a lovely, ordinary life, but Bryan is no ordinary man. He’s a soldier. At the end of the day, combat or not, deployment or not, he will always be one of the U.S. Army’s finest.
Our servicemen and women and our veterans have always been important to Trace. He recently traveled to New York City to host the benefit concert “America Salutes You and Wall Street Rocks’ Guitar Legends for Heroes,” and while he was there he stopped by the “Today” show to speak with anchor Megyn Kelly about his work for the troops and the veterans.
“I do it for them because they do so much,” he said. “I started working with USO 15 years or so ago and it was the most rewarding experience of my life … so I just kept doing it.”
Trace serves as a spokesperson for the Wounded Warrior Project. He’s done 12 overseas USO trips to entertain the troops abroad.
And just wait until you see the sweet ending of this new music video. It will bring tears to your eyes!