The National Defense welcomes Dr. Robin Ganzert from the American Humane
Association back to the program for an update on the efforts to reunite
Specialist Brent Grommet with his working military dog, Matty. The AHA has
offered up a $5,000 reward, as well as another military service dog to the
family that has adopted Matty. In this segment Jerry announces that the VFW
will match the $5,000 total for the reunion of Brent and his combat buddy,
Randy and Jerry then speak with Joyce Raezer, the Executive Director of the
National Military Family Association, about a recent study revealing that one in
four military families require the services of food banks to make ends
Come Back Home was written in the wake of me losing my longtime drummer and former Army soldier John C. Williams. But the song started off as a reflection of how a military couple deals with separation. After the release of Come Back Home, Johns little brother was killed by an IED in Iraq. His name was Blake Williams. His platoon used this track as the audio to a memorial slide show presentation they did in March of 2008. It was for all the courageous men and women they had lost in the month of March.
I am humbled by their service to our great country and I hope this song brings them some peace. My father served in Vietnam and I truly appreciate their dedication and bravery."