Serving and Sacrificing for America's Freedom

This Independence Day, Thank A Vet

1) Tom Seals

Founder, President, and Executive Director with God’s Word for Warriors

Tom Seals joined the United States Marine Corps at age 17, just 10 days after graduating from Hume Fogg High School in Nashville. He served in the Marines from 1957-1960 in Okinawa, Japan, then worked for several years for a U.S. government agency in Europe, traveling around the world on several classified missions.

This dedicated service to his country shaped Tom in a way he never knew was possible, and realized his mission in life was to serve former veterans who needed help finding meaning in civilian life. After completing his service and returning to Nashville, Tom was a 28-year professor of undergraduate Bible courses at Lipscomb University, where he taught his class, “Faith and Culture: God’s Word For Warriors.”

The next chapter in Tom’s life led him to founding God’s Word For Warriors in 2018, a non-profit organization “committed to serving the spiritually wounded, emotionally distressed, and broken-hearted by providing peer-based discipleship through a series of faith-based courses,
programs and events.” He says, “The organization is not about converting people to Christianity, but to help them shape their lives and find solutions to their problems. It's the most meaningful thing I've done in my life." 

Tom is also a published author of four books – Proverbs. Wisdom for All Ages, Sermon on the Mount for Modern Living, The Quest for Spiritual Maturity, and God’s Word for Warriors.

2) Bree Jaxon 

Afghanistan Combat War Veteran and Independent Country Music Artist 

“Don’t be afraid to follow your heart, even when it’s pounding like crazy and feels like it will explode," says Bree Jaxson. “I always knew I wanted to serve our country and do my part to keep America the ‘Land of the Free,”’ adds the recently promoted Deputy Commander for Cyber Space Operations for the Texas Air National Guard. “I had the most amazing mentors in high school JROTC, and realized I wanted to be part of something greater than myself.”

Bree has served in the United States Air Force for the past 10 years noting, “I am so honored to have met and fought alongside some of the bravest people in the world. I worked hard to become an Officer and now a Captain, and am truly grateful for this career. Serving as Deputy Commander holds a lot of weight and responsibility, especially as we move further into the Cyber Security Threat environment.”

Music has always been Bree's lifelong dream. Her first single of 2021, "Make Me Hate You," received critical acclaim including a Spotify playlist with the Academy of Country Music. Her newest single, "Country Heart, City Roots," is already gaining traction with press and radio.

Says Bree, “Music has always been there for me in my happiest and darkest times. Writing and creating gave me an outlet and if my music can be a guide for people to get through a situation, that is all I ever wanted.”

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