Darius Rucker Army Veteran Home Screenshot Today Show

This down-home singer sure knows how to make a hometown hero feel appreciated.

Darius Rucker, who co-founded Hootie & the Blowfish and now tops the country music charts as a solo artist, surprised veteran Daniel Branham of South Carolina with a mortgage-free home on NBC’s TODAY show on Wednesday.

“You’re kidding. Aww that’s so beautiful,” Branham exclaimed.

Rucker said he considers Daniel to be a true American hero. “Daniel is an American hero. The things he did when he was deployed, he’s just an an amazing guy.”

Branham served in Iraq for 15 months, where he helped save the lives of nine of his fellow soldiers during a gas attack.

Rucker, whose “Homegrown Honey” music video was recently nominated for a CMT Award, said he plans on giving 11 more homes away during his tour that starts this week.

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