POSTED: Friday, September 27, 2013 - 5:24pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 27, 2013 - 6:45pm
Tyler , TX (KETK) — 30 soldiers who were seriously injured in Afghanistan arrived in Tyler Friday morning.
It's for a weekend of golf and ceremonies celebrating the wounded warriors achievements and their heroism.
"This is why we fight this is for people like here," said U.S. Army Purple Heart recipient Dale Beatty.
For military members like Beatty and Wilbert Enriquez this is why they are proud to be an American solider.
"This is validation that my sacrifice losing both legs is not something that goes unappreciated," said Beatty.
"It makes you get up from the couch and want to do something. It shows you that you are not the only one that is actually out there in the world that is wounded," said Marine Wilbert Enriquez.
And the cheers from East Texans show that their service is very much appreciated.
"It makes you feel like your back to normal again. It gives you a sense of normality when those days are not normal," said Enriquez.
More than 50 people waited for the the warriors arrival at the Tyler airport.
Crowds of veterans, military wives' children and supporters stood in line to shake their hand and greeted them with American flags.
"Most everybody does appreciate our military, but to tell them face to face is really special and get to hug them and welcome them to Tyler," said Polly Morman, who is part of "Welcome Home Soldiers."
For four years, the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation flies in soldiers to Tyler for a weekend of golf and honor ceremonies thanking them and veterans for their service.
"A lot of folks in transitional units that are dealing with injuries or cannot be on active service for whatever reason, those guys feel kind of left out. And so bringing them here and letting folks really appreciate them like the town of Tyler is just amazing," said Beatty.