It was 10 years ago this Thanksgiving weekend that Ginger Gilbert Ravella lost her husband. An F-16 fighter pilot, Major Troy Gilbert was killed in action in Iraq. His death was devastating for Ginger and their five children, all of whom were under the age of 10.
I leave that radio playing
Same old country station where you left it
With the Gilbert family suddenly left on their own, the Folds of Honor Foundation stepped in. The nonprofit organization helps to provide scholarships and assistance to families of military men and women who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty—and they were more than happy to lend a hand to Ginger and the kids.
Nine years later, on June 25, 2015, Ginger took the stage at a private concert benefiting Folds of Honor. There, she told the audience of the indelible impact that Folds of Honor had on her family, as well as countless other families.
I’ve cussed, I’ve prayed, I’ve said goodbye
Shook my fist and asked God why
These days when I’m missing you this much
She also took a moment to share a very personal memory. Lee Brice was the evening’s featured performer, and Ginger revealed how much his song “I Drive Your Truck” meant to her. “As fallen families, we cling to the pieces left behind by those we love,” she said. She spoke of Troy’s beloved truck, a 1992 Chevy Silverado that was a third-generation heirloom passed down by his grandfather and father. And she desperately wished Troy hadn’t traded it in before his last deployment to Iraq. Oh, how she missed his old truck.
Hearing her story, NRA Country artist Lee Brice 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.
I roll every window down and I burn up
Every back road in this town I find a field, I tear it up
Till all the pain’s a cloud of dust
Yeah, sometimes I drive your truck
Watch the powerful story of “A Hero’s Legacy” featuring Lee Brice and Ginger Gilbert Ravella. Airing throughout the holiday weekend, it’s an inspiring story the whole family will enjoy.
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Watch “A Hero’s Legacy” Thanksgiving Weekend on NRATV: Thursday & Saturday 9 AM & 5 PM ET Friday & Sunday Noon & 8 PM ET