Country stars take the stage, raising money for the next Central Valley Honor Flight

April 05 2021 05:30 pm

Backstage at Fresno’s Tower Theatre, Hanford’s own JJ Brown warming up. 

Brown soon hitting the stage play and raise money for valley veterans, hoping to take the flight of their lives.

“Said, I’m the guy for the job,” Brown telling us.  

Brown joined the United States Navy at 19-years-old, moving out to Lemoore from Tennessee.

“Working with veterans’ organizations here in the Central Valley is reallly kind of cool, because I’ve continued my service, by being a part of that family,” Brown said.

Wednesday night, country fans getting up close and personal with country singers Dylan Scott and Matt Stell.

“I was excited from the minute we found out we got the opportunity to come out a couple months ago,” Stell said.

As well as Brown, and Josh Gracin, also a United States Marine Corps veteran; meeting face to face, with others who’ve served.

“When we shook hands, I said, ‘I got something for you,’ and he already knew what was in his hand,” Tiffany Emanuel, currently serving in Lemoore, said. 

Emanuel has spent 19 years with the U.S. Navy. 

As a token of thanks, she handed Gracin this: a challenge coin, from her squadron.

“We exchange them with other people, when people do a really good job,” Emanuel said.

But tonight, another exchange.

Some sweet music, to send veterans, to D.C.

“We don’t ever want to have a flight come up short, we don’t want to leave anybody home,” Central Valley Honor Flight’s Kim Hoff said. “We’ve got almost 400 veterans on a waiting list.”

Brown, hopes to send a message, from the heart.

“To remind people, that, it’s OK to stand up and feel proud as a veteran,” Brown said.

Central Valley Honor Flight organizers telling us those World War II and Korean War veterans still get priority for flights.

The next flight is coming up in May.

Reporting at Tower Theatre, Megan Rupe.

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