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Cole Swindell Raises a Glass to Veterans in “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey” Video

The Nashville star featured his friend and real-life Special Forces veteran Kyle Davis in the music video for his hit song.

You already know that Cole Swindell’s ex ain’t worth the whiskey, but you may not have realized his reference to “those saving our ass overseas” is a tribute to his college buddy and real-life Afghanistan veteran Kyle Davis. Davis stars in Swindell’s “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey” music video as the focus of a toast made in his honor. In the video, Swindell mounts the stage, stops the music and addresses crowd.

“I think we know why we’re all here tonight, our good friend Kyle Davis is finally home from Afghanistan! Y’all, because of people like this right here, men and women serving our country, we get to live in a free country, the best country,”

The veteran’s cameo gives the breakup anthem a deeper meaning, and perhaps shows those going through breakups that there are bigger issues in the world. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Swindell talked more about the video.

“It was cool to have Kyle and some of his actual team members in the video—we want to do anything we can to make them feel involved and let them know that we appreciate them, letting us do what we love while they’re out doing that stuff,” said Swindell. “It’s nice to know there’s a bigger meaning behind the video than just an ex-girlfriend. And just crazy seeing them have fun and think what we’re doing was so cool while to us it’s like, ‘Dude, you can be in all our videos if you want. You know, thank you for protecting us.”

Cole Swindell is currently nominated for an Academy of Country Music award for New Artist of the Year for 2015.

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Cole Swindell Raises a Glass to Veterans in “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey” Video