Jason Aldean Honors 13 Military Members Killed in Afghanistan With Emotional Tribute

by Kati Michelle

Jason Aldean is a lot of things. He’s a Grammy award winner who reached platinum status multiple times with multiple songs. He’s also a husband, father, fisherman… well the list goes on. Still, he never once forgot those Georgia roots of his. A big part of those roots actually involved the military. Consequently, Aldean stays a big and vocal supporter of the troops. While he proudly displayed more than a few tributes over the years, his latest involves an emotional tribute to honor the 13 military members killed in Afghanistan in August.

“Drink One for Me”

“Pouring one out” is a tribute in the Country world. It symbolizes a drink that should have been shared with and enjoyed by someone that departed the Earth too soon. Jason Aldean knows this, but wanted to take things one step further. After nearly a decade since its release, Aldean whipped out his 2012 song “Drink One for Me” from the Night Train album in a rare showing of it. The song is a tad bit slower than his usual repertoire and the lyrics are enough to make anybody emotional.

“I can’t count the miles / It just feels so far / And it could be awhile / ’Til I’m where you are / So keep me in your heart

Now, pair the song with photos of the 13 men and women of the U.S. military who lost their lives in Afghanistan last month. You can imagine what a tear-jerker that is. This emotional tribute finds itself in an Instagram post on Jason Aldean’s personal account, shared with over 3.4 million followers. To avoid another censorship debacle with Instagram, Aldean kept his caption straightforward and to the point:

“Drink One for Them🇺🇸

Coming from a Military family, it’s been tough to find the words to express how I feel for what’s happened in Afghanistan. It’s heartbreaking and unforgivable. We appreciate your service and thank you all for your sacrifice. 🙏🏼”

Free Jason Aldean Tickets for Veterans

An organization called Vet Tix noticed all the good work that Aldean does for veteran support and wanted more veterans to be able to experience his live shows. So, with the help of Live Nation, they gave some veterans free tickets.

The organization says they provide the event tickets to “reduce stress, strengthen family bonds, build life-long memories and encourage service members and veterans to stay engaged with local communities and American life.” Moreover, Vet Tix says it “supports our troops by honoring their service and providing positive family and life experiences, during and after their years of service to our country.” They accept members from all branches of currently-serving Military and Veterans, including immediate family of troops KIA.

Chris is one US Military veteran who served from 1989-1995. He snagged some free tickets to Aldean’s Des Moines stop of last year and said: “Thank you very much! We had a great time! Awesome show!”