On Saturday (April 29), the star met Staff Sergeant Steven Mendez’s two sons during a meet and greet before his show at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. While making small talk, their father walked out from behind a black curtain, which led to a tearful reunion.
Bentley was in on the whole thing, and later that night he invited the family to the stage to thank the Staff Sergeant for his service as the crowd began to chant “U.S.A.”
“It has profoundly changed my life seeing what happened backstage,” Bentley explained as he invited the family up to the stage. “I want to thank you so much for your service.”