WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - A Wichita Falls man recognized at this week's Hero of Texoma served our country in the U.S. Army and is now serving his community.
"(In) 1976 the day before I got into the military I got married and I had a child coming," veteran Arlandus Brown, Jr. said.
He was raised in a military family so enlisting was no big deal.
"Serving my country was something that I was willing and wanted to do," he said.
He was stationed at Fort Sill for three years and spent one year in Korea. That experience in another country made his appreciate the freedoms he and his family had as Americans.
"To serve a country that respects women and give women equal opportunities, it was just something that you were so proud to be a part of," he said.
When his enlistment was up, Arlandus came back to Wichita Falls and got a job at Howmet the day he got out of the Army. 35 years later he has begun a new journey serving his community.
"He used his military experience and everything he learned (and) he put it for these kids," NW Boys & Girls Club branch director, Jerry Taylor said.
Arlandus knew children at the Boys & Girls Club struggled with reading so he decided to do something about it.
"Not only do we tutor them on reading but we also try to talk to them about life," Brown said.
He and another Howmet employee volunteer Wednesday and Thursday nights from 5-7 pm tutoring kids that need the extra help.
"You get so close to the kids that before the class starts, I cry. Because I feel that I'm very fortunate to be able to be part of something to make a difference for young people," Brown said.
If you'd like to volunteer for this program head to the Central Boys & Girls Club at 1318 6th Street. A background check is required.
If someone you know is deserving of the title 'Hero of Texoma' let us know. Send us your nomination to News@KAUZ.com. Be sure to include your contact information and any photos you have of your nominee.
Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6