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Wounded Warriors Once Again
Coming Through Houston

May 1, 2013

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Hundreds of people are expected to gather at IAH for the 2013 Wounded Warriors Heroes Welcome.
Houstonians are once again getting ready to share a truly amazing moment at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), as hundreds of heroes from the United States military make their way to a celebration scheduled to take place in south Texas.

The Wounded Warriors Heroes’ Welcome is set to take place on May 17, 2013, inside the baggage claim area of Terminal C at IAH. Homemade signs, American flags and roars of applause will all be part of the scenery as 200 wounded soldiers from all branches of the U.S. Military make their way on to buses for a fun-filled weekend in Port O’Connor, Texas.

Once there, the wounded service members take part in a busy schedule of events, including helicopter rides, fishing expedition and live music.

More than 300 families typically show up for the event, along with dozens of volunteers. But before the celebration can take place in south Texas, heroes walk through a throng of supporters who have gathered inside the Terminal C facility at IAH to let them know just how much their service and their sacrifice is appreciated.

“It was overwhelming and I pretty much bawled like a baby as I was walking through the line,” said event co-founder Gidget Reynolds. “And I can’t believe the support we have here in Houston. It’s absolutely amazing."

“I’m so proud of these heroes and their families for their courage and their sacrifice,” said supporter Darlene Newman at last year’s event. “This is the foundation of our freedom in this country. So, I am very blessed and honored to be here supporting them and their families.”

The emotional event is made possible by two organizations that combined their efforts for the returning service members: the Warriors Weekend Corporation and MoMs USA. The two groups not only arrange for the wounded to be flown into Houston, but also handle the details behind a fishing trip to Port O’Connor, Texas.

“This is amazing,” said retired U.S. Army Sergeant Shane Parsons at the 2012 gathering. “I just love all the people who came out here and I love Houston. The support and camaraderie that we feel at this event is just incredible and I really enjoy it.” 
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