Thanking Our Wounded Soldiers

by Jacqueline Sit
NewsWest 9

"It's completely surreal to me," SSgt. Jeffery Brown, a wounded soldier, said.

"This is absolutely unbelievable you know the people here, the support we're getting it's absolutely phenomenal," Brown said.

This group of men and women, all wounded in war are here for what they thought was an ordinary deer hunting trip, only to discover it was a trip they've never dreamed of and more.

"Just breathtaking without words to express," SSgt. Johnathan Purser, who was also injured in battle, said.

A dinner thanking our heroes who put their lives on the line.

"I was wounded in combat June 1st, 2003," Brown said.

Fighting for our freedom.

"We were ambushed, and during the ambush, I received RPG shrapnel in my face, back of my neck, my left side, knee, hand, and shin," Brown said.

It was a sacrifice Staff Sergeant Jeffery Brown is willing to do all over again.

"It's nothing like I've ever experience in my entire life, and I don't regret it at all, I would without a second hesitation," Brown added.

Without regret is the way this hero says he's living his life as well.

"I sustained 3rd degree burns to my left arm, both hands, and my face due to being caught on fire during the impact of a helicopter crash," Purser said.

To this day, Staff Sergeant Johnathan Purser is still standing tall proud of serving his country.

"I just did it, because I love it, I'm just very, very lucky that's all I can say about several things throughout my life," Purser said.

These are the heroes.

"I honestly believe that we may have seen our greatest generation."

West Texans are welcoming with open hearts and arms.

'We really appreciate what everybody's doing here," Purser said.

For their patriotic spirit, their bravery and honor.

"I didn't really know this really existed, and just to feel the love from all the people here, it's tremendous, and it's an overwhelming feeling I just can't put any words to, it's really touching," Brown said.

And this big thank you continues first thing Friday morning.  These men and women will be leaving for their deer hunting trip for the weekend.