A Hero's Legacy

Stories behind recording artists and their causes

It was on Thanksgiving weekend in 2006 that Ginger Gilbert Ravella lost her husband. An F-16 fighter pilot, Major Troy Gilbert was killed in action in Iraq—leaving behind Ginger and their five children, all of whom were under the age of 10. That's when the Folds of Honor foundation stepped in to provide assistance.

Folds of Honor also happened to be an organization that was near and dear to Lee Brice's heart. It was while he was performing a benefit concert on their behalf that he first heard Ginger’s story. After issuing a heartfelt thank you to Folds of Honor for their help, she shared a personal memory about how much Lee’s song "I Drive Your Truck" meant to her … and how much she wished that Troy hadn't traded in his beloved truck before his last deployment.

Upon hearing her story, Lee made a promise to himself that night. And one year later, at a second benefit concert for Folds of Honor where Ginger was scheduled to make an appearance, he fulfilled that promise: He brought Troy's truck home.

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