Throughout the years, Travis Tritt has seen his share of hit records and number one hits. He’s co-hosted television shows and took acting roles and heck, he’s even a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
There is no doubt that this Georgia boy is quite blessed.
But having the chance to share those blessings with others is something that Tritt says has been one of the highlights of his life. In a new interview with One Country, the multi-platinum, GRAMMY Award-winning country music legend took some time to reflect on a lifetime of giving back, and how the simple act of helping others has touched him like nothing has ever touched him before.
ONE COUNTRY: Back in 1991, you released your hit song “Anymore,” accompanied by a music video in which you portrayed a veteran by the name of Mac Singleton. Now, 28 years later, what do you remember the most about that video shoot?
TRAVIS TRITT: I remember that we shot it in an actual veteran’s clinic where there were actual veterans who were patients in the hospital. And I remember thinking about how I had never served and was downright afraid what they would think of me trying to portray a disable veteran. Luckily, they were glad that I was there to tell the story. I mean, I would talk to these men and women and they would tell me that no matter how bad their injuries were, they would do it all over again.
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I wanted to thank the Gulf War Veteran who sent this hat up to me tonight in Pennsylvania. I can never repay you or your military brothers and sisters for the freedoms you’ve defended for me. This truly touched my heart! May God always bless you, your family and The United States of America! 🇺🇸
OC: Well, that’s something you never forget.
TT: You got that right. I remember going back to that clinic to debut the video, and it really touched me to see their reaction. As soon as I got back home, I called my senators and my congressmen and basically told them that if there was anything I can do to help veterans, I wanted to do it.
OC: And you certainly have done exactly that throughout the years, serving and volunteering on various organizations that work with our country’s veterans. Does it feel just as good now as it did then?
TT: Oh definitely. I just love having the opportunity to give back. I’ve been very blessed with so much, so to be able to offer support and appreciation for all that they have done for us is the least I can do.
OC: You have even performed at many military bases throughout your career. What was that like?
TT: It’s always been an honor. I used to always go out before the show and visit with the families. It was extremely satisfying for me.
OC: You have also expanded your charity work throughout the years to other organizations such as the American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross. Is that something you want to continue to do in the future?
TT: Yeah, I’m always trying to find ways to pay back. Whenever I have the opportunity to help, I want to be there and try to make that happen. It’s always been extremely important to me, and I doubt that will ever change.