Chris Stapleton spent his Fourth of July at Fort Bragg with 40,000 troops

Chris Stapleton wasn’t at Willie’s Picnic this year, but he had a good reason for his absence.

The “Parachute” singer instead spent his Independence Day with 40,000 of America’s soldiers at a Budweiser-sponsored show in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Chris Stapleton poses in the press room with the awards for album of the year for "Traveller", new male vocalist of the year, male vocalist of the year and song of the year for “Nobody to Blame”, at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Chris Stapleton poses in the press room with the awards for album of the year for “Traveller”, new male vocalist of the year, male vocalist of the year and song of the year for “Nobody to Blame”, at the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

“I can’t think of a more appropriate thing to do,” he told “People.” “No one who lives in the United States of America doesn’t owe these guys a debt of gratitude. Anything we can do to honor them is a real treat to get to do.”

The Grammy-award winning star also presented the check for Budweiser’s $1 million donation to Folds of Honor, an organization that provides educational support to spouses and children of fallen and disabled soldiers.

Stapleton has been using his status as a celebrity to give back to various communities ever since he made it big. The son of a coal miner, Stapleton donated to the United Mine Workers of America in 2015, and went back to his hometown in March to play a concert at his old high school, complete with a donation of $57,000 in musical instruments.

 

Author: Jake Harris

Social Content Producer for the Austin American-Statesman.

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