Wounded Warriors Welcomed

Marine Staff Sgt. Benjamin Clark from Goodfellow AFB, Texas, meets Lance Corporal Matthew McSweeney, a wounded warrior, as they prepare to drive in the annual Hunt for Heroes parade through San Angleo on Nov. 20.  25 wounded veterans took part in the annual Hunt for Heroes event in West Texas, hosted by the Show of Support Military Hunt Inc., a nonprofit organization.  The criteria for the hunt are the veterans have to be wounded or disfigured and discharged from the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert D. Martinez)

Marine Staff Sgt. Benjamin Clark from Goodfellow AFB, Texas, meets Lance Corporal Matthew McSweeney, a wounded warrior, as they prepare to drive in the annual Hunt for Heroes parade through San Angleo on Nov. 20. 25 wounded veterans took part in the annual Hunt for Heroes event in West Texas, hosted by the Show of Support Military Hunt Inc., a nonprofit organization. The criteria for the hunt are the veterans have to be wounded or disfigured and discharged from the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert D. Martinez)

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Motorcycle Group speak to Marine Staff Sgt. Benjamin Clark from Goodfellow AFB, Texas, and Lance Corporal Matthew McSweeney, a wounded warrior, as they prepare to drive in the annual Hunt for Heroes parade through San Angleo on Nov. 20.  25 wounded veterans took part in the annual Hunt for Heroes event in West Texas, hosted by the Show of Support Military Hunt Inc., a nonprofit organization.  The criteria for the hunt are the veterans have to be wounded or disfigured and discharged from the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert D. Martinez)

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Motorcycle Group speak to Marine Staff Sgt. Benjamin Clark from Goodfellow AFB, Texas, and Lance Corporal Matthew McSweeney, a wounded warrior, as they prepare to drive in the annual Hunt for Heroes parade through San Angleo on Nov. 20. 25 wounded veterans took part in the annual Hunt for Heroes event in West Texas, hosted by the Show of Support Military Hunt Inc., a nonprofit organization. The criteria for the hunt are the veterans have to be wounded or disfigured and discharged from the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert D. Martinez)

The Goodfellow Joint Service Color Guard from Goodfellow AFB, Texas, march in the annual Hunt for Heroes parade through San Angleo on Nov. 20.  25 wounded veterans took part in the annual Hunt for Heroes event in West Texas, hosted by the Show of Support Military Hunt Inc., a nonprofit organization.  The criteria for the hunt are the veterans have to be wounded or disfigured and discharged from the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert D. Martinez)

The Goodfellow Joint Service Color Guard from Goodfellow AFB, Texas, march in the annual Hunt for Heroes parade through San Angleo on Nov. 20. 25 wounded veterans took part in the annual Hunt for Heroes event in West Texas, hosted by the Show of Support Military Hunt Inc., a nonprofit organization. The criteria for the hunt are the veterans have to be wounded or disfigured and discharged from the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert D. Martinez)

Formations of Soldiers, Marines and Airmen from Goodfellow AFB, Texas, march in the annual Hunt for Heroes parade through San Angleo on Nov. 20.  25 wounded veterans took part in the annual Hunt for Heroes event in West Texas, hosted by the Show of Support Military Hunt Inc., a nonprofit organization.  The criteria for the hunt are the veterans have to be wounded or disfigured and discharged from the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert D. Martinez)

Formations of Soldiers, Marines and Airmen from Goodfellow AFB, Texas, march in the annual Hunt for Heroes parade through San Angleo on Nov. 20. 25 wounded veterans took part in the annual Hunt for Heroes event in West Texas, hosted by the Show of Support Military Hunt Inc., a nonprofit organization. The criteria for the hunt are the veterans have to be wounded or disfigured and discharged from the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert D. Martinez)

A formation of Airman from Goodfellow AFB, Texas, march in the annual Hunt for Heroes parade through San Angleo on Nov. 20.  25 wounded veterans took part in the annual Hunt for Heroes event in West Texas, hosted by the Show of Support Military Hunt Inc., a nonprofit organization.  The criteria for the hunt are the veterans have to be wounded or disfigured and discharged from the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert D. Martinez)

A formation of Airman from Goodfellow AFB, Texas, march in the annual Hunt for Heroes parade through San Angleo on Nov. 20. 25 wounded veterans took part in the annual Hunt for Heroes event in West Texas, hosted by the Show of Support Military Hunt Inc., a nonprofit organization. The criteria for the hunt are the veterans have to be wounded or disfigured and discharged from the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert D. Martinez)

The Goodfellow Joint Service Color Guard and formations of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines from Goodfellow AFB, Texas, form up after participating in the annual Hunt for Heroes parade through San Angleo on Nov. 20.  25 wounded veterans took part in the annual Hunt for Heroes event in West Texas, hosted by the Show of Support Military Hunt Inc., a nonprofit organization.  The criteria for the hunt are the veterans have to be wounded or disfigured and discharged from the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert D. Martinez)

The Goodfellow Joint Service Color Guard and formations of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines from Goodfellow AFB, Texas, form up after participating in the annual Hunt for Heroes parade through San Angleo on Nov. 20. 25 wounded veterans took part in the annual Hunt for Heroes event in West Texas, hosted by the Show of Support Military Hunt Inc., a nonprofit organization. The criteria for the hunt are the veterans have to be wounded or disfigured and discharged from the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert D. Martinez)

Wounded warriors are driven in golf carts by Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines from Goodfellow AFB, Texas in a Hunt for Heroes parade through San Angleo on Nov. 20.  25 wounded veterans took part in the annual Hunt for Heroes event in West Texas, hosted by the Show of Support Military Hunt Inc., a nonprofit organization.  The criteria for the hunt are the veterans have to be wounded or disfigured and discharged from the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert D. Martinez)

Wounded warriors are driven in golf carts by Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines from Goodfellow AFB, Texas in a Hunt for Heroes parade through San Angleo on Nov. 20. 25 wounded veterans took part in the annual Hunt for Heroes event in West Texas, hosted by the Show of Support Military Hunt Inc., a nonprofit organization. The criteria for the hunt are the veterans have to be wounded or disfigured and discharged from the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert D. Martinez)

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- A local resident gives Marine Corps Cpl. Jonathan Rist a hug during the Hunt for Heroes Parade, Nov. 20, 2009.  The local Hunt for Heroes Parade welcomes wounded servicemembers and acknowledges their sacrifices. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Clayton Lenhardt)

SAN ANGELO, Texas -- A local resident gives Marine Corps Cpl. Jonathan Rist a hug during the Hunt for Heroes Parade, Nov. 20, 2009. The local Hunt for Heroes Parade welcomes wounded servicemembers and acknowledges their sacrifices. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Clayton Lenhardt)

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines from Goodfellow AFB, Texas line-up to shake hands with wounded warriors after the annual Hunt for Heroes parade through San Angleo on Nov. 20.  25 wounded veterans took part in the annual Hunt for Heroes event in West Texas, hosted by the Show of Support Military Hunt Inc., a nonprofit organization.  The criteria for the hunt are the veterans have to be wounded or disfigured and discharged from the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert D. Martinez)

Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines from Goodfellow AFB, Texas line-up to shake hands with wounded warriors after the annual Hunt for Heroes parade through San Angleo on Nov. 20. 25 wounded veterans took part in the annual Hunt for Heroes event in West Texas, hosted by the Show of Support Military Hunt Inc., a nonprofit organization. The criteria for the hunt are the veterans have to be wounded or disfigured and discharged from the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert D. Martinez)

A caravan of vehicles with wounded veterans aboard arrive at Goodfellow AFB, Texas on Nov. 20.  25 wounded veterans took part in the annual Hunt for Heroes event in West Texas, hosted by the Show of Support Military Hunt Inc., a nonprofit organization.  The criteria for the hunt are the veterans have to be wounded or disfigured and discharged from the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert D. Martinez)
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A caravan of vehicles with wounded veterans aboard arrive at Goodfellow AFB, Texas on Nov. 20. 25 wounded veterans took part in the annual Hunt for Heroes event in West Texas, hosted by the Show of Support Military Hunt Inc., a nonprofit organization. The criteria for the hunt are the veterans have to be wounded or disfigured and discharged from the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert D. Martinez)

Army Staff Sgt Clayont Rankin, moves through a crowd of Marines and shakes hands during a visit to Goodfellow AFB, Texas on Nov. 20.  Sgt. Rankin is a wounded veteran taking part in the annual Hunt for Heroes event in West Texas, hosted by the Show of Support Military Hunt Inc., a nonprofit organization.  The criteria for the hunt are the veterans have to be wounded or disfigured and discharged from the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert D. Martinez)
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Army Staff Sgt Clayont Rankin, moves through a crowd of Marines and shakes hands during a visit to Goodfellow AFB, Texas on Nov. 20. Sgt. Rankin is a wounded veteran taking part in the annual Hunt for Heroes event in West Texas, hosted by the Show of Support Military Hunt Inc., a nonprofit organization. The criteria for the hunt are the veterans have to be wounded or disfigured and discharged from the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert D. Martinez)

Marine Corporal James Rickey Stephens, shakes the hands of Sailors during a visit to Goodfellow AFB, Texas on Nov. 20.  Corporal Stephens is a wounded veteran taking part in the annual Hunt for Heroes event in West Texas, hosted by the Show of Support Military Hunt Inc., a nonprofit organization The criteria for the hunt are the veterans have to be wounded or disfigured and discharged from the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert D. Martinez)
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Marine Corporal James Rickey Stephens, shakes the hands of Sailors during a visit to Goodfellow AFB, Texas on Nov. 20. Corporal Stephens is a wounded veteran taking part in the annual Hunt for Heroes event in West Texas, hosted by the Show of Support Military Hunt Inc., a nonprofit organization The criteria for the hunt are the veterans have to be wounded or disfigured and discharged from the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert D. Martinez)

Marine Corporal Jonathan Rist, escorted by Corporal Pereta, moves through a crowd of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, shaking hands during a visit to Goodfellow AFB, Texas on Nov. 20.  Corporal Rist is a wounded veteran taking part in the annual Hunt for Heroes event in West Texas hosted by the Show of Support Military Hunt Inc., a nonprofit organization.  The criteria for the hunt are the veteran must have been wounded or disfigured and discharged from the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert D. Martinez)
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Marine Corporal Jonathan Rist, escorted by Corporal Pereta, moves through a crowd of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines, shaking hands during a visit to Goodfellow AFB, Texas on Nov. 20. Corporal Rist is a wounded veteran taking part in the annual Hunt for Heroes event in West Texas hosted by the Show of Support Military Hunt Inc., a nonprofit organization. The criteria for the hunt are the veteran must have been wounded or disfigured and discharged from the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robert D. Martinez)

GOODFELLOW AFB, Texas -- Twenty-five wounded warriors. Servicemembers who have gone above and beyond to ensure our freedoms here in America are secure participated in the third annual Hunt for Heroes parade, Friday. Army, Navy, Marines and Airmen marched, along with the Joint Service Color Guard, fire trucks, motorcycles from Goodfellow Air Force Base, along the Concho River through crowds of San Angelo citizens waving flags, shouting "USA," extending their hands and hearts, thanking them for their support.

Following the parade, approximately 125 Team Goodfellow personnel welcomed the servicemembers at the flag pole in front of the Norma Brown Headquarters Building. Met by Col Thomas Geary, 17th Training Wing commander and Chief Frederick Ricker, 17 TRW command chief, personnel were provided the opportunity to talk with those who served and were wounded in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

These servicemembers have lost limbs, endured multiple surgeries, and rehabilitation, yet they continue their desire to return to their respective service to serve. If you look up the definition of a "hero," in the dictionary, it shows a hero to be someone of great strength or ability, an illustrious warrior, a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities. Although they don't consider themselves heroes, this definition says it all about who they really are.