Darius Rucker, country singer and founder of Hootie & the Blowfish, surprised a veteran from his native South Carolina with the keys to a free house recently. The military veteran Daniel Branham is a Charleston, South Carolina, native who served 15 months in Iraq in the Army.
Darrius Rucker, who is also from Charleston, SC, and retired Gen. Leroy Sisco, the director of Military Warriors Support Foundation, surprised veteran Daniel Branham on NBC's "Today" show with the house and tickets to one of Rucker’s upcoming shows.
The singer is giving away 11 homes while on tour this summer. The home giveaway is funded through a partnership with Wells Fargo and is also sponsored by Wal-Mart, the Military Warriors Support Foundation and the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group's Project Rebuild.
“Daniel is an American hero. The things he did while he was deployed, he’s just an amazing guy. And he’s from my neck of the woods,” Darius said while sitting next to Branham on the set with hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. “We’re going to be neighbors.”
Branham became an Army specialist in 2005. While serving in Iraq, the military veteran sustained multiple combat-related injuries from improvised explosive devices. During the attack and while injured, Branham drove his Stryker Army defense vehicle to rescue nine of his fellow soldiers from a chlorine gas attack, according to a joint release from Rucker and sponsors of the home giveaway.
“Specialist Branham solely delivered 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,” the statement said.
Branham was awarded many medals for his actions, including the Army Commendation Medal.
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