Brantley Gilbert aims to assist veterans with companion dogs during tour

Photo Courtesy of The Valory Music Co.Brantley Gilbert is partnering with Pedigree Brand and DAV (Disabled American Veterans) to give back during his 2018 The Ones That Like Me Tour. Throughout the tour, the singer will be gifting eight companion dogs to servicemen and women returning home from war.

“There is nothing like the loyalty, love and companionship of a dog,” Brantley says in a statement. “For some people, a dog can connect unlike even a best friend and for those who gave beyond the call of duty to our nation,  I love the idea of matching them up with a trained companion dog to help them get their lives to a better place.”

February 3, Brantley met with Jason Hassinger, who served from November 2006 until September 2011, including three overseas combat tours as a Marine infantryman. Jason was awarded the first companion dog of Brantley's tour. Each weekend throughout his spring tour, Brantley will gift another member of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force a service dog.

“In many ways, we’re taking a rescue animal and rescuing a returning hero,” Brantley adds. “These dogs and people are all heroes, I am blessed the Pedigree Brand is willing to help us get the dogs trained, certified and fed for that first year. The positive impact a companion dog can make is immeasurable, and I am humbled to be able to do this.”

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