Hometown Heroes

Thank You, Hometown Heroes
Thank You, Hometown Heroes
Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays for several reasons; food, fireworks and family. But for me, the day is about reflecting on the miracle of America's birth and those who fought against tyranny. It's also a moment to remember that many soldiers and their families are celebrating their country's birth apart from each other...
Hometown Hero
Hometown Hero
Staff Sgt. Shawn Franks joined the military after being inspired by his uncle. His military career spans almost twenty years and continues today in the Army Reserves.  He currently lives in Tuscaloosa with his wife Luann and their three children, Caleb, Seth and Grace...
Hometown Hero
Hometown Hero
LCPL Kelson Epperson is 19 years old and serving his 2nd year in the Marines. He decided to join the military when he was in the 3rd grade and he learned about the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Growing up, his mother Lashonda Goins, said he never strayed from his chosen path and when he turned 17, he joined the Marines...
Staff Sgt. Brant Merriam
Staff Sgt. Brant Merriam
Staff Sgt. Brant Merriam lives in Northport with his wife Jen and three children. Brant has served in the Alabama National Guard since August 2007 and served in the Navy Reserves from 2004 until 2007. In June of last year, Sgt. Merriam was deployed overseas with Bravo Company 1/167th Infantry out of Pelham and is currently stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan...
Hometown Hero
Hometown Hero
UPDATE: Staff Sgt. Jared Olvey returned home to Tuscaloosa on May 7th, 2013 where he was greeted by his wife Sara and young son, Robert. His homecoming was the first time he'd met his son in person. Welcome home, Staff Sgt. Olvey and we offer our sincere appreciation for yours and your family's sacrifice while serving our country...