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.
“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.