Kentucky National Guard receives support from Texas Tech University

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Col. Charlie Jones, deputy chief of staff personnel, Neal Brown, Texas Tech University offensive coordinator, and Cmd. Sgt. Major Greg Armstrong, state command sergeant major, view the donated Texas Tech jersey.

DANVILLE, Ky. — Since both of Neal Brown’s grandfathers served in World War II, he jumped at an idea his father, Tom, had to support the Kentucky National Guard and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Texas Tech, where the former Boyle County three-sport standout is now the offensive coordinator, played Missouri in a game sponsored by Under Armor to raise money for Wounded Warriors. The Texas Tech players wore black uniforms with camouflage on the side of the jersey as well as camo on the helmet.

Additionally, instead of individual player names on the jerseys, the word Freedom appeared.

Brown was back in Danville Wednesday to present the Kentucky National Guard with a jersey worn in that game, a suggestion his father made months ago.

“All the jerseys and stuff are auctioned from the game with all the proceeds going to Wounded Warriors,” Brown said. “We had camouflage cleats, the interior of the gloves had the U.S. flag. They sold T-shirts.

“It was my dad’s idea to get one to bring back home. We knew back in the summer we would be playing in the game and after he made the suggestion, I thought it would be the right thing to do”

His father’s father, Joe Brown, was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marines. His mother’s father, Allen Harmon, was a staff sergeant in the Army.

“Since both my grandfather are veterans that just makes this more special,” Brown said. “My dad’s father was also involved in the National Guard for a long time. He passed away during our season, but this is one more way to remember him.”

Former Kentucky quarterback Freddie Maggard, the national coordinator for National Guard community outreach, was here Wednesday and thanked Brown for what he did. Maggard also played in a golf scramble another former Boyle player, Indianapolis Colts tight end Jacob Tamme and his wife, held last summer to raise money for the same cause.

“I’d like to thank Coach Brown for his support of the Wounded Warrior Project and for taking time out of his busy schedule to honor our brave men and women in uniform. I’ve followed Coach Brown’s career through updates by Joe Brummett. Coach Brown has accomplished a great deal in a short amount of time and his future is extremely bright,” Maggard said.

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