Bedford, Texas (PRWEB) November 21, 2012
Sergeant Bryan Ball began his military career as a United States Army Airborne Infantry Soldier in 2007. With two deployments to Afghanistan to secure enemy supply routes, December 22, 2009 is forever ingrained in Sgt. Ball’s mind. After being hit by a dismounted IED, Sgt. Ball suffered severe combat related injuries, as shrapnel pierced his body and caused him to lose his right middle finger and most of his right hand and wrist function.
Because of Sergeant Ball’s act of sacrificial duty and the injuries that followed, he received the Purple Heart award. On Friday, November 9th, Goodwill Industries of Fort Worth, Inc., Chevrolet’s Inside High School Football, and GameDay Productions honored Sgt. Ball with the Goodwill “True Heroes” presentation prior to the National Anthem to humbly thank him for his service. Sgt. Ball and his family were awarded a 100% mortgage-free home by Chase Bank and the Military Warriors Support Foundation. In return, Sgt. Ball expressed his thankfulness. “You never think that it’s actually going to happen. I mean, a free house? Come on! But I can’t believe it actually happened. I feel so lucky; talk about a weight off your shoulders! I feel so lucky and want to thank the foundation for that."
In an effort to express gratitude for the men and women of our military, Goodwill started a program to give back to veterans. Goodwill’s Marketing Communications Manager, Kristen Bostick, stated, "Goodwill Industries is always about empowering people, and one of those populations is our veterans. They're extremely important to us. GI Graphics is a division of Goodwill Industries that is a full print/sign company. It is also an avenue to train men and women who are returning from different theaters of war in the print/sign industry. We're looking to give them a skill outside of the military that will eventually get them employed."
With Thanksgiving mere days away, Sgt. Ball and his wife, Jessica, feel so grateful and have already envisioned watching their daughter grow up in their new home. Jessica stated, “This is going to be such a wonderful neighborhood and area to raise our children in. There’s so much to look forward to and I can see it happening here now, I can picture it perfectly.” With thankful hearts, the Balls can now look forward to a fresh start at civilian life.
Kevin Weik, President of GameDay Productions, shared his conviction for honoring all of our nation’s veterans, “GameDay is so thankful to be a part of giving back to our military. In our business, athletes and coaches use terms synonymous with war, but it’s our military that fights for our freedoms. We recognize that our veterans are our true heroes. The segment, “True Heroes”, is our way of showing appreciation for the military as they fight for American freedoms. View the embedded video for the full story on Bryan Ball and watch the home presentation at the game.
To find out how wounded heroes can apply for a new home or to donate to Military Warriors Support Foundation, please go to: militarywarriors.org