During the 2016 ACM Awards‘ “Party for a Cause” in Las Vegas, Lee Brice gave a military widow the surprise of a lifetime.
An F-16 pilot, Troy Gilbert, was killed in action on November 27, 2006. Before being deployed to Iraq, he traded in his old truck to provide his family with a more reliable vehicle. Eventually the family sold the new truck, as well, to put more money in their pockets while Gilbert was overseas.
Gilbert’s wife, Ginger Gurley Gilbert Ravella, explained that Brice’s song, “I Drive Your Truck,” brought back memories of her husband and made her wish that they had his truck in their possession. However, it wasn’t the newer vehicle she wanted. It was the one he traded in 2006.
Years later when Lee’s song came out, it wasn’t the new truck I wished we still had. It was the old one. The one that belonged to Troy’s dad first, the one Troy drove for years, the one I knew our sons, Boston and Greyson, would get a kick out of.
Brice caught wind of Ravella’s dream to get the old truck back, and with the help of his team and Ravella’s friends, the 1992 Chevy Silverado 1500 was found. Brice bought the truck, had it shipped to Las Vegas for Party for a Cause, and presented it to Ravella and her family in front of the country music crowd.
In addition to gifting Ravella with the truck, Brice performed his hit song and presented Folds of Honor with a $40,000.00 donation. Brice shared:
I’m so happy that we were able to locate this truck because it meant so much to Ginger and her family. Troy paid the ultimate price in service to our country and I’m grateful we got to show our appreciation in a small way, comparatively, this weekend.
Watch the surprise presentation of Gilbert’s truck to his family here: