Dierks teamed up with The Ellen DeGeneres Show to surprise a military family with $50,000 in their time of need. Sgt. Chad Sparks was actively serving when he lost a finger on duty and was forced to return home to care for his injury. He and his wife had been trying to make ends meet by selling their furniture, appliances and other personal items on Craigslist to help support their one-year-old daughter as Sgt. Sparks faced redeployment to Afghanistan.