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Dierks Bentley Loves His Country, Admits Soldiers ‘Are Constantly on My Mind’

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The Fourth of July might just be Dierks Bentley‘s favorite holiday. The ‘Drunk on a Plane’ singer says that with a good part of his life spent traveling the winding roads of the United States, he’s become quite a fan of his great country — and he loves showing off his national pride.

“I’m extremely patriotic. I love this country, and I love the history of this country,” the singer dishes. “I read books on this country. I spend my time on the road traveling physically throughout the country.”

In fact, Bentley reveals that one of his biggest passions is supporting the men and women who serve their country in the military. “The soldiers and their families are constantly on my mind,” the star shares. “We work closely with the Wounded Warriors Project. We think about this stuff all the time.”

Bentley has been out on the road on his Riser Tour, which tops Taste of Country’s Hot Summer Tours 2014 list. He says that traveling across the country has given him the opportunity to get to know its everyday heroes.

“The definition of America to me, you know, getting a chance to travel across the country on a tour bus, stepping upon stages,” Bentley says, “whether it be county fairs, state fairs, arenas, rock bars, the Opry stage, anywhere across the country and looking out at that crowd and seeing people. The people, to me, are what America’s all about.”

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