This new Brad Paisley song will strike a chord with anyone in a military family. The country star was hard at work last week filming his music video for his new song, “Love and War,” when he opened up exclusively to ET Online about what the song means to him. And Brad Paisley was not shy about addressing the way the United States treats its veterans after they’ve served our country.
“I think the message is, really, we can do better,” he said of the song. “We can do a lot better when it comes to taking care of veterans. I don’t think there’s anyone who would disagree with that.”
Paisely opened up about one of his favorite lines in the song, that really drives that point home.
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“‘We pin some medals on their chest, give them a little pension, could we do much less?'” he quoted. “It feels like we should be giving these people the moon! They should be getting anything they need from us.”
To emphasize the point even further, Paisley got a hand from former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty, who is also an Army reserve veteran.
“I wasn’t shipped to Vietnam, but certainly being the same age and the same and the same end zone, possibly, I had my eye on that all the way through,” Fogerty said. “We send people off do this great service for us and possibly die, but when they come home, we don’t treat them very well. That’s what we wanted to express in the song—we need to do something about that.”
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Wow! It’s certainly a big deal for big name stars to base a whole song and video on that very important topic. Hopefully, this will spark a larger conversation.
In the meantime, you can watch the new Brad Paisley song’s music video for yourself below and see what you think!
See the celebrities that served in the military in the throwback photos below.
Celebrities In The Military Collage
The military is far from a typical place you'd expect to find a celebrity. But quite a few stars did just that, and some of them may SHOCK you!
Celebrities In The Military Drew Carey
The comedian served in the Marine Corps Reserves from 1980 to 1986. "I think if I did not have such a great break, I would still be in the military," Carey said.
Celebrities In The Military Johnny Carson
The king of late night TV served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, from 1943 to 1945. He said one of his best memories was performing magic tricks then.
Celebrities In The Military Bea Arthur
The Golden Girl was one of the first members of the Women's Reserve in the Marines, serving from 1943 to 1945. She drove military trucks and was also a typist.
Celebrities In The Military Tom Selleck
Before he sprouted his famous mustache and many years before Magnum P.I., the actor served in the California National Guard from 1967 until 1973.
Celebrities In The Military Willie Nelson
The country star enrolled in the Air Force in 1950, but he had to be medically discharged 9 months later due to some back problems.
Celebrities In The Military Mickey Rooney
The Hollywood legend joined the U.S. Army in 1943 and served for 21 months.
Celebrities In The Military Jimi Hendrix
The rock 'n' roll guitarist enlisted in the Army in 1961 and served for one year.
Celebrities In The Military Hugh Hefner
Yep, the Playboy mogul himself was an Army soldier in World War II, from 1944 to 1946. While there, he won a sharpshooter badge!
Celebrities In The Military Leonard Nimoy
The Star Trek legend enlisted in the United States Army Reserves in the early 1950's, and served for a total of 18 months. He was discharged with the rank of a sergeant.
Celebrities In The Military Bob Ross
The happiest painter ever was enlisted in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years-- from 1961 to 1981.
Celebrities In The Military Ed Mc Mahon
The TV host and entertainer served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1941 to 1966.
Celebrities In The Military Morgan Freeman
The actor was so interested in flying that he turned down a drama scholarship to enlist! He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1955 and left in 1959.
Celebrities In The Military James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
Famed for voicing Darth Vader in Star Wars, Jones was enlisted in the army from 1953 to 1955. he even became a first lieutenant!
Celebrities In The Military Bozo
Bozo the Clown
His real name Robert Bell, he registered with the Selective Service in 1942 and served during World War II. Of course, the clown garb didn't come out until much later in 1960!
Celebrities In The Military Dr Ruth
Though she didn't serve OUR country, the famed media personality served in Israel as a trained sniper in 1947 and 1948. Who knew?!
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