Veterans Day: Country Legend and Veteran Craig Morgan Reveals Why He Entered the Military

by Suzanne Halliburton

Craig Morgan never could shake wanting to help others. The country star probably was born with the gene that triggers an immediate response when he sees someone in need.

It’s why Morgan became an EMT when he graduated from high school.

It’s also why he enlisted in the Army and became a member of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions. He was in the reserves for another six and a half years.

Morgan, 56, talked about why he joined the military Wednesday on “The Bobby Bones Show.” And he chatted why Veterans Day is such a “special day.”

“I grew up wanting to do something bigger than just being me,” Morgan “I’m still that guy.

“If I see someone being abused or hurt I want to step in. It’s the human thing to do.”

Morgan said it’s difficult for veterans to transition to a much calmer life style once they leave the military. He joked that he still was “working on it,” although he’s been out for more than 20 years.

Craig Morgan Was a Cop Before He Hit It Big In Music

When Morgan returned to civilian life in Tennessee, he worked as a policeman. He eventually started earning money singing demos for songwriters and publishing companies. Then he hit it big in the early 2000s.

Morgan likes to do shows at military bases both here in the United States and abroad. He earned the 2006 USO Merit Award.

Also on Wednesday, Morgan teamed up with a Tennessee dentist’s office to give away a smile makeover to a veteran. Morgan did so to honor his son, Jerry, who was killed in a boating accident in 2016.

Morgan wrote about his grief over losing Jerry and released the song “The Father, My Son, and the Holy Ghost” in 2019.