The wounded warrior program gets many benefits through many owners. I am sure you can remember countless times that wounded warriors have been shown by the sideline cameras. The hospital here in San Antonio has a basketball court that was paid for by the Spurs. There is swamp cooling fans and many handicap features allowing the goals to be raised and lowered by just a touch of the button.
Today is a pretty big day in my life. Five years ago, I was shot in a battle in Fallujah. It was absolutely life changing. Although I was lucky and didnt receive any wounds that took my limbs or my life, it did change my perspective on a lot of areas of my life. After I was shot, the first thing I remember while waking up in the hospital is opening my eyes to see the Red Sox on the television. There was air conditioning, food, COLD drinks. It was amazing. I remember being extremely happy to watch live sports. Sports are healing for me. I remember being content in the hospital simply for the fact that live sports were on TV.
The wounded warrior branch in Washington, DC allows warriors to go to Nationals and Orioles games pretty much any time they want. The Redskins have a great partnership as well.
The Jaguar's ownership has recently given a large donation to help out with wounded warriors in the greater Jacksonville area.
A few months ago, I wrote Tony Khan on twitter. I asked Tony if he would be willing to comp some wounded Marines that are from Jacksonville, like myself, some tickets to the Houston Texan game in Houston. Within about 10 minutes, he replied and seemed excited for the opportunity to provide game tickets.
It's the little things that makes service members feel appreciated for their sacrifices. Mr. Khan being so willing to help out, and not wanting any attention for it is refreshing. Most owners get the guys down on the sidelines so it is apparent that they are doing something for the community. This felt different. Most of the conversation took place over private message. There was little chance that anything would ever be said about what he was doing for us.
Things that are done in private mean much more than actions taken in public. It is for that reason that I wanted to make their private contribution to me and my fellow Marines public. We are looking forward to the game and I look forward to to hearing about all the other great acts of kindness that the Khan's show the service members in Jacksonville. Semper Fi and Go Jaguars!