As part of his spring The Ones That Like Me Tour, Brantley Gilbert is helping four-legged friends land forever homes with military veterans. Gilbert and his partners plan to gift one dog to a family each weekend of his current tour.
Gilbert teamed with several different companies and organizations to make this happen. Custom Canine Unlimited trained the eight dogs, recruited by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The new pet owners, identified by Disabled American Veterans, will receive a year's supply of food from Pedigree.
Dogs and Veterans are some soft spots for me.... with y’alls help and the help from amazing partners throughout the tour we are pairing the two together.... check it out....Huge thank you to ASPCA, Pedigree US, Delta, Atlanta Humane Society, Custom Canine Unlimited, & DAV
Posted by Brantley Gilbert on Saturday, February 10, 2018
"Nothing helps heal like an animal's love," said Gilbert in a press release. "These dogs aren't just good dogs, they're trained to help their veteran--and new companion--cope with stress, memories and triggers people can't see and provide them with a sense of solid grounding."
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While the veterans get a new best friend, Gilbert gets to witness the makings of those bonds in-person.
"Seeing the faces of these vets when their dog comes bouncing into the room melts your heart," he says in a press release. "I know for these families, beyond being the family's new best friend, these animals are helping heal things for these soldiers in ways nothing else can."
Upcoming The Ones That Like Me Tour Dates
April 19 -- Lexington, Ky. -- Lexington Center Rupp Arena
April 20 -- Salem, Va. -- Salem Civic Center
April 21 -- Pikeville, Ky. -- Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
April 26 -- Dayton, Ohio -- Wright State University Nutter Center
April 27 -- Terre Haute, Ind. -- ISU Hulman Center
April 28 -- Rogers, Ark. -- Walmart Amp-Arkansas Music Pavillion
May 10 -- Cedar Rapids, Iowa -- US Cellular Center
May 11 -- Grand Rapids, Mich. -- Van Andel Arena
May 12 -- Erie, Pa. -- Erie Insurance Arena