Country singer (and former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman) Darius Rucker visited the Today show this week to promote his Southern Style summer tour and to give away a house to a deserving veteran. Army veteran Daniel Branham served 15 months in Iraq. After he was injured in an IED attack, Branham drove his vehicle to rescue nine soldiers from a gas attack.
Branham believed he was there as part of a tour promotion that will give veterans and their families tickets to Rucker’s shows. What he didn’t know was that General Leroy Sisco from the Military Warriors Support Foundation was also there to join Darius in surprising Daniel with keys to a (paid-for) new house in Mt. Pleasant, SC.
Obviously, they’re giving away some nice houses here and Darius will be giving away ten more homes to veterans on this tour with financial support for Wells Fargo Band, Walmart, Dr. Pepper and Snapple. General Sisco says, “Go to Walmart and buy a lot of Dr. Pepper.”
While serving in Iraq, Specialist Branham sustained combat-related injuries from IED’s that resulted in TBI, PTSD and respiratory problems. He was awarded many medals for his bravery and service to this country including the Army Commendation Medal w/Valor for exceptional meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service as a driver of Iron 1-3 Stryker during Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09. He dutifully drove his Stryker while disabled and under extreme duress to rescue nine of his fellow soldiers and a Local National during a Chlorine Gas attach, solely delivering his fellow soldiers from immediate danger and further injury. His actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect distinct credit upon himself, Iron Company, 3rd Squadron (Wolfpack), 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment (Dragoons) and the United States Army.
Check out the complete clip below.