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11 Country Stars Who Are Veterans

The connection to the military runs deep for these artists.

There's no shortage of country songs that tribute the military. From Billy Ray Cyrus' devastating "Some Gave All" to David Ball's "Riding With Private Malone," songs that acknowledge the incredible sacrifice of American soldiers has become a staple of the country genre.

While there are country music artists who continue to actively show their support for the U.S. troops through their work, the connection to the military runs much deeper for a handful of other country stars.

Before tapping into fame, a few stars actually spent their time serving their country. From Craig Morgan, who recently re-enlisted in the Army, to Zach Bryan, who served in the Navy for 8 years before being honorably discharged to chase his dreams as a singer-songwriter, some of country music's biggest stars have served their country.

"I'm excited to once again serve my country and be all I can be in hopes of encouraging others to be a part of something greater than ourselves," Morgan said of his new appointment in July. "I love being an artist but I consider it a true privilege and honor to work with what I believe are the greatest of Americans, my fellow soldiers. God Bless America. Go Army."

Here are 11 country artists who are veterans.


This article was originally published in 2017. It was updated on Nov. 10, 2023.