To whom it may concern
My name is Thomas G. Benton (Tom or Renegade). I have known Justin Kane for about three
years now and even though it has been short, I have felt that I have known him for so much
longer. He is not justa great singer, song writer, but as a person he has a ora about him that turns
any frown to a smile great person.
As for American Strong the song itself brings back some memories that I have a very difficult time
explaning, just that it makes me proud to be not just an American but a Veteran as well.
Justknowing that a fellow veteran is singing this song and the heart and soul that he puts into not
just the song but the fortitude that he brings to the song means so much to me. I have never told
anybody this not even Justin, but for the longest time I had no emotions while in the Navy, four
tours around the world, thirteen tours in the sand box seen many friends fallen ( I have a bit of
PTSD), but this is not about me. This is for a person I'm proud to say he is my brother just from
another Mother. And I can count on one hand who I call that.
Like I said before no emotions while in the military, but American Strong brings back memories
good and bad and the flood works usually flow alot when I hear that song. There is not enough
letters or words in the alpheit to descibe what I feel when I hear this song and it'snot just American
Strong, Whiskey Dreams,My Way Home, Jesus and Guns, Bring on the Wisemen all those songs
have somuch meaning to me just brings the memories and the proudness that I have in this
country. I don't think Justin even knows what these songs mean to me, we talk and hang out but I
hide a lot of feelings due to my background.
I must say while Justin sings he brings a energy that is venominal like Garth back in the day, just
wants everybody to enjoy the songs and the show, and every show that I have seen is different in
there own way, but he makes sure that everybody is feeling the message that I feel he is trying to
send. The vibe he gives just makes me want to see and listen to him all the time, and be a part of
the show,he includes everybody.
I'm proud and honored to say he is not just a friend put a brother, and that is just an
understatement. I know he has alot more to bring out to the world, would love to see him on stage
with big names or bands that will enjoy him as much as I do.
In conclusion I just want to say that everybody that I know and shared his songs with weather a
Veteran or not or a country fan or not has enjoyed his singing and just that makes me want to sing
his songs as loud and proud as I can.
Thank you for reading/listening to my testimonial.
Thomas G.Benton USN Retired