Randy Travis concert to headline Wounded Warrior weekend
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
This weekend is the fifth annual Texas Wounded Warrior Celebrity Pro-Am and Celebration.
It's a chance for a lot of people - including country music superstar Randy Travis - to give back to those who have given so much to us.
"Most all of these warriors that are here have PTSD or have had traumatic brain injury or the replacement of an arm or a leg with a prosthesis," said Dick Goetz, the chairman of the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation. "And what we try to do is raise enough money so that we can put on a special weekend for them."
Wounded warriors like Captain Marie Marin of San Antonio.
"Now I'm here in Tyler, Texas to play some golf and do some leisure activities to kind of get my mind away from the last year and a half of loud IEDs, loud explosions, a lot of injuries, a lot of deaths, a lot of pain and suffering," Marin said.
And Staff Sergeant Joseph Farley of New Jersey, who's been through two battles - two very different battles.
"After I got back from Iraq I got diagnosed with cancer. I've been going through cancer for four years, three times. I've had two relapses from my initial finding in August 2008," Farley said.
The highlight of the weekend is a concert featuring Randy Travis.
And despite his two recent DWI arrests, the Warriors are standing by Randy, who is driving through the night from Nashville to be at Saturday night's concert.
"I know that I met Randy last year and I met him again earlier this summer when we had our press conference and he announced that he was going to be here," Goetz said. "And he's a very likeable person, and I guess we all make some mistakes now and then."
In the end, it's a lot of people coming together to give these warriors the weekend of a lifetime.
"It was amazing to see that, all of the support," said Farley. "You get that little teary eye, seeing how much people care and support us."
If you'd like to buy tickets to attend Saturday's concert, you still can -- but organizers say there are only about 200 tickets left.
You can get them until noon tomorrow at Cavender's in Tyler and online at Outhouse Tickets.
And if you're a member of the military, you and your date can go for free if you wear your military uniform.
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night at K.E. Bushman's Winery and Celebration Center. The doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, July 21 2014 11:41 AM EDT2014-07-21 15:41:34 GMT
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