AA to Fly Soldiers’ Families to Austin Rodeo Honoring Troops

On May 30, American will fly 150 soldiers and their families to Austin for a private rodeo, country music performance, bass tournament and wild game hunt. AA is partnering with Lochow Ranch, the Patriot Fund and America's Huey 091 Foundation, to honor our wounded warriors and troops returning from the war.

AA is a corporate sponsor of the Patriot Fund to raise money to provide iBOT Mobility Systems to severely wounded soldiers. The iBOTs are manufactured by Independence Technology L.L.C., and they can climb stairs, elevate to standing level and drive over rough terrain. The Patriot Fund had has provided independence to wounded soldiers who received iBOTs.

The event will be kicked off USO style in the tradition of the late Bob Hope with entertainment landing at the ranch in a Blackhawk helicopter escorted by Apache gunships courtesy of the Texas National Guard. They will do a brief flyover and land at the ranch with the emcee and singers walking off the helicopter, to the stage and kicking off the event.

On the second day, 20 of the iBOT alumni and families will compete in a bass fishing tournament with official weigh-ins and prizes. Each iBOT soldier will have a staff member assigned with fishing tailored to their capabilities.

Orion films will be filming the weekend's events for ESPN and Versus. They plan to select a soldier to do some background on his service, and then film him and his family at the event through his eyes including travel with AA.

A great event, and the newly formed AA Veterans and Military Employee Resource Group will be participating.

**Scheduled arrival time is 8:00am at Gate D22, but call the number below for updates.**

Feel free to forward to anyone who might be interested in participating.

Also please sign up via American Volunteers on JetNet as described below to track our community participation. (Hit the purple Volunteer Now button)
Welcome home banners, signs are encouraged.

Let me know if you would like to be added to the Veterans and Military ERG distribution list to participate in events like these.

Thanks,
Jody

We are welcoming the troop’s home at DFW!
When:  April 17, 2009
Where:  Terminal D Outside International Security Gate 22 (ground Floor)
Call:  972-574-0392 (for exact arrival time)
** free parking passes from the uso volunteers to greeters**