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Former U.S. Army, SPC E-4, Veteran of Operation Desert Storm. If you are or have ever been a soldier, you have friends in my house.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Good People: Keni Thomas

For this, today's long-overdue return to the "Good People" section, I am gratefully indebted to Blackfive. He's one of those people who, even in today's world of used-car salesmen gaining position and power by pretending to know what's best for you, has the unerring ability to find those fine souls who practice what's best for them and theirs and, by way of example, show the rest of us what we already know to be true.


Today's featured guest has already proved himself a hero many times over.

For one thing, he is a veteran of the Army. Specifically, he was a U.S Army Ranger. If my information is correct, his buddies called him "Cornbread".

More specifically, he was one of the Rangers whose story was told by the movie, "Black Hawk Down". One of the Rangers whose chopper went down in Mogadishu, and who survived the ensuing hell-fight to get back out.

He has since left the service at the rank of Staff Sergeant, and is beginning to establish himself pretty nicely as a country musician.
But he has not forgotten those who enabled him to survive long enough to make it this far....or their kids.

His latest album, "Flags Of Our Fathers" (made with the band that bears his Ranger nickname, and several famed guest artists like Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and Kenny Rogers) just came out recently, and part of the proceeds are going to the Special Operations Warrior Fund, which sets up college funds for the children of SpecOps soldiers killed in action.

But don't take my word for it. Let him tell you himself.

Ladies and gentlemen.....Keni Thomas. A guy who hasn't forgotten who he was, who he is, and why he's still around.

In my book, that makes him "Good People."