As a touring musician, Dierks Bentley understands what it’s like to be away from home, but as the son of a World War II veteran, he knows that’s nothing compared to what members of the military sacrifice.
“On the most basic level, I think, for me on the road, I just think about being gone two, three days at a time, maybe a couple of weeks at a time, you know,” he muses in audio provided by the Universal Music Group Nashville. “That seems a long time when you have kids and family, but these soldiers – they’re gone for months and years at a time – they’re doing 12 to 15 to 18 months – and they have family back home.
“That, in itself, is such a huge sacrifice, and that’s just the beginning of it,” he continues. “That’s just scratching the surface of what these guys [and gals] are doing every day – preparing for battle, actually being in battle, being wounded in battle, sometimes dying in battle. So, this country obviously, we would not exist without these courageous men and women, and our future depends upon them.”