John L. Brown (BIO)
John L. Brown was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1950. He was taken in by his maternal grandmother in 1963 after being fostered by relatives when his mother died when he was a baby. The year 1963 became pivotal for Brown as he recalled watching John F. Kennedy’s televised speech in which the President challenged the nation “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country” It was after that moment that John began volunteering in the classroom after school, cleaning, serving food in the lunchroom. He recalls being chaplain for his homeroom class.
Brown left high school and joined the Marine Corp in 1968, at the height of the Vietnam conflict. While he was serving in Vietnam he was exposed to Agent Orange and saw lots of combat and was heavily decorated for his service. His…
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