WATCH: Jason Aldean Honors U.S. Military Heroes Killed in Afghanistan with ‘Drink One For Me’

Heartbroken over the recent loss of 13 members of the United States’ military, Jason Aldean took to social media to…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 4, 2021


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Heartbroken over the recent loss of 13 members of the United States’ military, Jason Aldean took to social media to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers. 

The Georgia native shared a compilation video featuring photos of the U.S. service members who lost their lives following an attack on the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. The attack, which took place on Thursday. August 26, marked one of the deadliest days for American military in the past 10 years of the war in Afghanistan.  

“Coming from a Military family, it’s been tough to find the words to express how I feel for what’s happened in Afghanistan,” Aldean wrote. “It’s heartbreaking and unforgivable. We appreciate your service and thank you all for your sacrifice. 🙏🏼”

The video was set to Aldean’s song “Drink One For Me,” which appears on his fifth studio album, Night Train. “Drink One For Me” was written by Neil Thrasher, Wendell Mobley and Tony Martin. 

“You don’t know how bad/ I wish I was home/ Can’t wait to get back,/ But while I’m gone/ Y’all carry on,” Aldean sings on the opening verse. 

See Aldean’s tribute to the fallen soldiers below. 


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The U.S. troops who lost their lives in the vicious attack were: 

Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, 31, of Salt Lake City

Marine Corps Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, 25, of Lawrence, Mass.

Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, 23, of Sacramento, Calif.

Marine Corps Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, Calif.

Marine Corps Cpl. Daegan W. Page, 23, of Omaha.

Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, Ind.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, 20, of Rio Bravo, Texas.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, 20, of St. Charles, Mo.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, 20, of Jackson, Wyo.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, 20, of Norco, Calif.

Navy Hospitalman Maxton W. Soviak, 22, of Berlin Heights, Ohio.

Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, 23, of Corryton, Tenn.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.