105.3 Free stands for FREEdom and we are honored to showcase the men and women of our armed forces in a feature called "Combat Country". Artists below are combat veterans from various walks of life, military branches and regions of our beautiful country. Here at home some have used music to heal deep wounds, given hope to others and honor our fallen. We think you will find that these singer songwriter warriors are making music that will get you UP on your feet and feeling the red white and blue in your blood again. Help us give back to our nation's heroes by giving them your ear and helping them live their dreams.  

Click on the album covers to hear their music

 Black Bird Anthem - US Army 

Black Bird Anthem - US Army 

 Nick Sterling - US Army 

Nick Sterling - US Army 

 Cody Joe Hodges - US Army

Cody Joe Hodges - US Army

 
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 Branco Jr - US Marine Corps 

Branco Jr - US Marine Corps 

 
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Honored Hero of the Month

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 Paul and Julie Bynum   

Paul and Julie Bynum
 

Meet Paul Bynum  - Our honored hero of the month
US Army - Vietnam
Paul Bynum is a native Texan who gave up his guitar to fight for his country in Vietnam. During Paul's service as a door gunner in the Air Calvary he received numerous decorations and survived the downing of his Huey during a rescue mission in a very hostile LZ. 
Before Vietnam, Paul was the leader of a very talented band called "Paul Starr and the Space boys". One that made the Beach Boys and Chuck Berry green with envy. His passion for music never stopped and he married a songbird from California after the war. Together Paul and his wife Julie went on to do shows in  e-clubs, nightclubs and other music friendly venues from Japan to the US. Paul's children Jenny and Danny Bynum didn't fall far from the musical tree. Danny, picked up the guitar and rocked it in his band in the late 80's and early 90's. Jenny Bynum Langley followed in her father's footsteps and joined the US Army in the winter of '88. There she found that her voice, much like her mother Julie's, was highly sought after and a fan favorite in many of the same venues her parents had performed in. 
Today Paul is retired in his home in Silsbee Tx. where he spends his days with his darling wife Julie. He is a hero to his children, his in-laws and his country.