Sunday, May 24, 2015

May is National Military Appreciation Month - Aloha to Jackson Young

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I asked Jackson Young to speak at the SOS America Military Tribute.   He is an Army vet-turned-entrepreneur. From his bio,

Jackson Young is a singer/songwriter in a professional career spanning fifteen years. Jackson has formerly held two independent records deals (Platinum Planet, TMG), a publishing deal, and is currently calling Nashville, TN, home. “I’m blessed,” Jackson remarks.

As a professional actor, Jackson has been featured as an extra, principal, and music video choreographer. He has experience in major motion picture, commercials, independent film, and television – some of which have been CMT and 20th Century Fox distribution, among others. In commercial, video, and currently independent film, he has been responsible for co-writing, casting, co-editing, producing, and executive production.

Fortunate to have studied under a three-time world champion, Jackson has professionally trained in the style of Ballroom, Latin, and Swing, and has performed privately for groups numbering more than 100 people. Owning a private dance company, Jackson taught group and private lessons and choreography. While a professional instructor, his students won placement in Pro-Am dance competitions. Jackson has also been a featured principal dancer and choreographer for a national cruise line video.

Most recently he is currently the cover model for a three book series, Diaries of a Casanova; Legend Awakening, Twisted Angel, and Rising Redemption which are co-written by New York Times and US Today Bestselling Author, Randi Alexander.

Jackson says, “Wear lots of shoes you will never regret where they take you.”


If that isn't enough to keep him busy, Jackson promotes Rowdy, the battle buddy bear, for Operation Troop Aid, operationtroopaid.org:

We salute and support all our Armed Forces! The mission of Operation Troop Aid (OTA) is to provide care packages for U.S. Service members with the revenue generated through professional concert promotions and public financial generosity. OTA is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation striving to make a positive difference and inspire our Armed Forces by letting them know Americans stand with them.


During the tribute, Jackson read the lyrics to IRON MAN STRONG, written by Jackson Young, Scott Smith, and Johnny Neel

When the fire came down from the mountain in that hell Afghanistan
A moment in time would change for a life of a man
Out of nowhere a solider fell down in a flash of light
But on the ground there was no doubt he was in for the fight of his life

Made of blood and bones but has a soul forged with a might of steel
Yah got the guts and the confidence to overcome any hill
With a heart beaten out, sayin’ yes I can, and a motto of bring it on
That makes him iron man strong

He woke up days later in a hospital bed
Lookin’ down he saw metal parts where his arm once had been
The doctors say it’s a miracle but he might not walk at all
But with fire in his eyes it’s plain to see a solider won’t be a cripple

Made of blood and bones but has a soul forged with a might of steel
Yah got the guts and the confidence to overcome any hill
With a heart beaten out, sayin’ yes I can, and a motto of bring it on
That makes him iron man strong

Sometimes in a search of glory it can all go so wrong
We all get defeated but the battle is won by those that carry on
With a heart beaten out sayin’ yes I can so come on and bring it on
That makes him iron man strong


There was not a dry eye in the room.  Mahalo, Jackson, for reminding us that Freedom is Not Free.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

PS Rest assured, I will invite Jackson for a guest interview here at SOS Aloha.  Learn more about Jackson and his projects on social media: 


And for Memorial Day Weekend, I challenge readers to answer the call of the Rowdy Nation Flag Challenge at this link.


18 comments:

  1. Thank you for the info on Jackson and OTA.

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  2. A wonderful post thank you. Rowdy is adorable.

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  3. Powerful words. Thank you for posting it.
    patoct (Pat L.)

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  4. WOW, all I can say is wow. Thank you for posting it.

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  5. Thanks I am exploring the other sties.

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  6. We have our own 'Buddy Bear', purchased when our youngest entered the army. The bear sits proudly beside an ancestor's Coffin Flag and medals. We must never forget those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
    Nancy Lee Badger

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  7. That was so amazing post to read.

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  8. Wonderful post, Jackson. I was honored to be there to share such a touching morning.

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  9. This event was the highlight of my trip to Dallas. Thank you for allowing me to be part of this.

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  10. My "Made in the USA" US Flag is hanging outside and has been for days... I have a smaller garden-size which hangs year-round.

    I noticed Bed Bath and Beyond had a variety of "Made in the USA" flags if someone needs any--not pushing them, just giving as a source.

    Denise

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  11. Very powerful post and video. Thanks so much! I have my made in the USA flag hanging most of the time.

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  12. Thanks for a wonderful and incredibly appropriate post.

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  13. What a lovely tribute to honor Memorial Day.

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  14. Amazing - thanks for sharing.

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  15. What wonderful powerful words.
    Patty B43

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