Lee Brice Gifts Military Widow and Family with Late Husband’s Beloved Truck


During the ACM Awards, there is so much excitement around the flashy events of the night, that most people’s minds are consumed with chatter about who’s going to win an award, the performances, red carpet looks, etc.

But at this year’s ACMs, country artist Lee Brice had his mind set on something else entirely.

All he could talk about was the surprise he had in store for Ginger Gurley Gilbert Ravella, a woman who lost her husband Troy Gilbert after he was killed while in action in Iraq in 2006.

A photo posted by Lee Brice (@leebrice) on Aug 10, 2015 at 11:47am PDT

Last year, while attending one of Lee’s shows, Ginger revealed to Lee that his song “I Drive Your Truck” was super sentimental to her and her family because before leaving for his final deployment, her husband had been forced to sell his beloved third generation family-owned truck.

So, with that story in mind, Lee hunted down that 1992 Chevy Silverado 1500, bought it back, cleaned it up and then presented it to the family at the 2016 ACM Party for a Cause — incredible.

After the show, Ginger posted a lengthy thank you note to Lee saying she was “struggling to find the words” to express her gratitude.

“I am still struggling to find the words, but I am getting inundated with sweet messages and posts about what happened last night here in Vegas at the ACM Party for a Cause. The long story will have to come later, but for now: Last summer during a Folds concert… Lee sang his song ‘I Drive Your Truck’ right before I spoke.

He and I connected over the song, and I told him how much we, as fallen families, cling to pieces left of those we love. Troy traded in his old beloved truck for a new one about a month before he found out he was deploying. Things were starting to break on his old one, and he needed a reliable ride. Just a week before he took off for Iraq, he said ‘I think we need to sell my new truck. We really can’t afford to make payments while I am gone.’

So we sold it and he left. After he was killed, I was most certainly grateful Troy took another big thing off my plate after he was gone. Paying for that truck, trying to figure out what to do with it, etc.

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 (my sons) Boston and Greyson would get a kick out of.”

What an incredible story.