John Rich Receives Handmade Stainless Steel Guitar from Missouri Vietnam Veteran

by Kati Kuuseoks
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Luke Bryan might take the cake for the most unusual fan gift ever received in the shape of a life-size bacon bust he got during his most recent Farm Tour. The thing is, John Rich just got a really special fan gift that will tug at your heartstrings– guitar strings, too. A Vietnam Veteran from Missouri and big fan actually gifted him a beautiful handmade stainless steel guitar. You’ll want to peep this beauty for sure.

“One of the Greatest Gestures of All Time”

While the Vietnam Veteran stays unnamed, John Rich did take to his social media accounts to show his appreciation for the fan. His tweet reveals that the finished guitar is the product of months and months of the fan working on the project with his hands. Rich calls it “One of the greatest gestures of all time.” Check it out:

In the tweet, John Rich also reveals that this fan drove from St. Louis to Nashville for the occasion. That’s about 300 miles or right around 5 hours of drive time if you’re curious. Incredible dedication. And the gift comes in response to Rich’s continued vocal support of our service members.

This is a cause near and dear to not only his heart but the entire John Rich crew. At the beginning of the month, they sadly said goodbye to a WWII veteran Rich once had the pleasure of singing for. The hero (who came from what Rich calls the “Greatest Generation”) died at the age of 102.

John Rich To Hold Benefit Concert in Ohio for Veterans With Missing Limbs

John Rich joins Stephanie Haney on her podcast to discuss headlining the November 10th event hosted by the Travis Mills Foundation. The non-profit aims to connect veterans to mental health services as well as physical support and recuperation. Staff Sergeant Travis Mills started the foundation himself after becoming one of only a handful of veterans to lose all four limbs in Iraq and survive.

The event will take place at the Lorain Palace Theater where Rich will be joined by special guests. Among these special guests include the family of Maxton Soviak. Soviak earned the title of US Navy Corpsman and was tragically killed during the recent attacks on Afghanistan’s Kabul Airport. The quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, Bernie Kosar, will also join the event.

Here’s the scoop on that (John Rich joins the chat at about the 3-minute mark):

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