October 1, 2023
This week’s one hour radio broadcast is hosted by Dale Throneberry. Dale welcomes George Brown Jr and George Brown Sr to tell their military service stories. This will begin with a beautiful story “Love, Dad” from George Brown Jr and Operation Song artist Josh Grider.
Residential Health is a new guest on Veterans Radio. Learn about this organization in a spotlight segment each week of October. Dale will close with music that says it all – “God Bless America”.
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George Brown Jr and Sr & Residential Health - October 1, 2023
George M. Brown Jr – Army Brat and Retiree
As a military brat, George grew up traveling all over the Untied States. He went to high school in Hawaii, then moved to Memphis, Tennessee, and graduated from Craigmont High School and attended the University of Tennessee at Knoxville for a few years.
In 2005 George enlisted in the US Army 27 years of age on a special operations (18X) contract. He was shipped off to Fort Benning …
for infantry school, graduation immediately went to airborne school at Fort Benning as well. After the airborne course, traveled to Fort Bragg, North Carolina to begin special operations training. Graduated from the special forces qualification course (SFQC) in 2007 as an 18 Delta, special forces, medical SGT. I was assigned to 7th special forces group, SPECIAL FORCES, OPERATIONAL DETACHMENT ALPHA 733 (ODA 733). Immediately deployed to firebase cobra Afghanistan. I have deployed 19 times, 215 different countries, all over south and Central America, as well as 18 months in combat theaters, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria. I retired from the Army in March 2022.
George Brown Jr. – Recovery in Retirement from the US Army
I retired from the Army in 2022.
At that time I was going through a rough divorce and having a solid midlife crisis. Once I left the Army, the wheels came off. My drinking was out of control and I needed help. I left Florida in August 2022 and went to Warriors Heart veterans treatment center. After two months there I went to their sober living facility for an additional four months.
While in Warriors Heart, sober living, I was selected to take part in Operation Song. I met Josh Grider in November 2022 and we sat down to write a song together. I shared with Josh a letter that I wrote my son while I was in Syria, in case Dad didn’t come home. It was all the things I was worried about being left unsaid. I was concerned about my son, growing up in today’s world without me there to guide him. So I wrote him a letter, explaining how much I love him, and all the things I could think of to make sure he grew up a good man.
Operation Song Cathartic Musical Experience with Songwriter Josh Grider
“LOVE DAD” LYRICS
YOU CAN CATCH REDS ALL YEAR ‘ROUND BUT IT’S ALWAYS BEST IN THE FALL…
AND IF YOU GOT A 3-0 COUNT, LET ‘EM THROW YOU ANOTHER BALL
A BEER NOW AND THEN’S OKAY, BUT DON’T LET IT GET AHOLD OF YOU
TRY TO LISTEN MORE THAN YOU SPEAK, AND WHEN YOU SPEAK, TELL THE TRUTH
WHEN YOU PICK HER UP ON THAT FIRST DATE SHAKE HER DADDY’S HAND
AND YOU’LL NEVER BE TOO OLD TO SAY YES SIR AND YES MA’AM
AND DON’T GO LOOKING FOR TROUBLE SON, BUT IF I COMES YOUR WAY
STAND UP FOR YOURSELF AND ANYBODY ELSE IN HARMS WAY…
LIFE AIN’T ALWAYS EASY, AND LIFE AIN’T ALWAYS FAIR
HARD TIMES WILL COME, AND I WON’T ALWAYS BE THERE
BUT LIFE IS A GIFT, AND LOVE IS REAL
AND THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS NO BIG DEAL
CAUSE YOU NEVER KNOW HOW’S GONNA WORK OUT
SO I’M WRITING YOU THIS NOTE
TONIGHT I’M SITTIN’ HERE THINKING BOUT THINGS
I HOPE YOU KNOW
COURAGE IS CONTAGIOUS, JUST LIKE LAUGHTER AND CONFIDENCE
AND THE WORDS I’M SORRY CAN HEAL MORE THAN ANY MEDICINE
BE THE FIRST TO HELP YOUR BROTHER, TO REACH OUT AND LEND A HAND
SMILE EASY, PRAY OFTEN, WIN EVERY RACE YOU CAN
WORK’S GOT ME AWAY AGAIN, AND I’M SURE MISSIN’ YOU
TONIGHT MIGHT GET LITTLE ROUGH, BUT I GOT A JOB TO DO
YOU’LL HAVE FOREVER MOMENTS OVER THE COURSE OF YOUR LIFE
AND RIGHT BEFORE YOU GO, THEY SAY THEY FLASH BEFORE YOUR EYES
AND YOU’RE IN ALL THE BEST ONES, THAT I HAVE EVER HAD
GOOD NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT, I MISS YOU…LOVE, DAD.
George “Buster” Brown
George Gilbert Brown was stationed at Tay Ninh in Vietnam with the Army from December 1968-June 1971. Upon discharge he flew with the Army National Guard for 2 years out of Smyrna, TN while in college. After graduation he went into the Navy.
George’s father, Captain George Brown, served in the Navy from March 1976 until June 2000.
Listen in to hear more about Buster’s storied military service!
Residential Health Serves Veterans at Home
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Residential Hospice is 1 of 5 agencies in the State of Michigan recognized as a level 5 provider for the “We Honor Veterans” program.
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