Soldier's dad hopes 'I Drive Your Truck' a comfort

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 6:04 AM

RAYNHAM, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts father whose story was told in Country Music Association song of the year "I Drive Your Truck" says the song is a tribute to all parents who have lost a child.

Paul Monti, of Raynham (RAIN'-ham), spoke Thursday after the writers of Lee Brice's recording won the award Wednesday night for the song they said was inspired by Monti driving the pickup truck left behind by his fallen soldier son.

Thirty-year-old Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti died trying to save a fellow soldier in Afghanistan in 2006. He was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Paul Monti told Boston's WCVB-TV (http://bit.ly/1fnpqhN ) the song isn't about the truck, but about "holding on to something you have lost."

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Information from: WCVB-TV, http://www.thebostonchannel.com

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