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Kid Rock tweets his “heart bleeds” for 13 fallen troops and their loved ones

Kid Rock performs for troops during a United Services Organization tour at the Jordan-Hare Stadium, Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Dec. 19, 2008. (Spc. Kiyoshi Freeman/U.S. Army)
September 08, 2021

Popular singer-songwriter Kid Rock said his “heart bleeds” for the 13 troops killed in a suicide bombing outside the airport in Kabul during President Joe Biden’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan at the end of August.

“PS – God bless our military, especially those who lost their lives today in Afghanistan,” the performer tweeted after announcing the cancellation of several shows due to COVID-19. “I am way more upset about that than some stupid virus and missing a couple shows. My heart bleeds for them and their loved ones. (cont.).”

Dozens of Afghans were also killed in the terrorist attack that was later attributed to ISIS. President Biden had left security at the Kabul airport during the massive evacuation in the hands of the Taliban.  

“I hope we bomb the sh-t out of those f–ks and send a clear message…But I am worried Biden is too much of a woke pu–y,” Kid Rock continued. “Say a prayer for the fallen, count your blessings and God Bless America.”

Between 2007 and 2008, Kid Rock performed for the troops at Camp Phoenix in Kabul. Initially, he refrained from publicizing the events because he didn’t want to do it for “any self-gain at all.” However, he later realized that talking about performing for the troops could help encourage others to do the same.

“It’s one of those things I used to do and try not to talk too much about, because it’s not something you go to promote something at, or do anything for any self-gain at all,” Kid Rock told MTV News in 2010. “But what I’ve learned is that maybe if I do talk about it, the more I can encourage some other people in my position to go, because they’re really happy over there just to get a slice of America at any level, but to have someone in the entertainment industry who’s had a little slice of success is really a big boost for those guys.”

“I would encourage anybody that hasn’t gone to really think about it,” he continued. “It’s really a rewarding, life-changing experience.”

Kid Rock said being commended for the performances was never the goal, adding that the ones who should be commended are the “brave men and women” fighting overseas.

“It’s been a long war, let’s face it. We were talking the other day, wondering how many times Bob Hope’s been [overseas], thinking of, you know, those World Wars were, like, four years, and this is going on eight, nine years now,” the performer said at the time. “There’s a lot of entertainment needed over there, and that’s what I can provide, and it’s always a privilege just to be asked to go and play for those guys.”