A song honoring veterans will open the Operation Homecoming USA (search) concert in Branson, Mo., next month.

Singer-songwriter Paulette Carlson (search), the former lead singer of the group Highway 101 (search), returned to Nashville six weeks ago to record the song, "Thank You Vets." She said she ended up recording a complete album in 11 days.

Carlson said the inspiration for her song was her brother, Gary, a Vietnam veteran now suffering a debilitating illness contracted during his tour of duty.

Operation Homecoming USA, which will be held June 13-19, also plans to feature performances by the Beach Boys, the Fifth Dimension, the Supremes and the Oak Ridge Boys. The Doobie Brothers, Creedence Clearwater Revisited and Tony Orlando also are to perform, Carlson said.

"It's the national homecoming we never gave our Vietnam vets," she said.