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Wounded Warriors from San Antonio were given the VIP treatment at the entertainment capitol of the world. Las Vegas’ Palazzo Hotel hosted the warriors and their families at the eighth annual Salute our Troops. Andy Abboud Soundbite: “And what better way to make them feel better as they begin their recovery and ease back into society by giving them a weekend in Las Vegas where they can forget about their problems, feel good about knowing that the people in Las Vegas community and all over the world appreciate what they’ve done, so it’s simply our way of saying thank you.” The troops were greeted by a long line of supporters from the community as well as volunteers from Nellis Air Force Base. Andy Abboud Soundbite: “I think that what’s meaningful is that you see the smile on their face when they arrive and that they forget about the pain and they forget about the anguish and they’re able to escape. The event progressed with a ceremony honoring the wounded warriors for their dedication. Special guests included Nascar driver Kurt Busch, and CEO and Chairman of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, Sheldon Adelson. Though numerous people came to show their support, most wounded warriors find strength through those closest to them. Sebastian Gallegos: “My wife. She stayed in the hospital with me every single night, and she had a hotel room, but she stayed right on the couch, right beside my bed, every single day.” And it’s every day that these wounded warriors will be remembered for their sacrifice. Andy Abboud Soundbite: “And we, we will look forward to the day when we don’t have any more wounded warriors to bring to Las Vegas, and that’s our ultimate goal. But, as long as we have wounded warriors and as long as, as long as we have people in need, then we’re going to do this as long as we need to.” Airman First Class Rachel Maxwell, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Also available in high definition


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Date Taken:05.30.2012

Date Posted:05.30.2012 3:35PM

Category:Interviews

Video ID:145485

Filename:DOD_100403811

Length:00:08:01

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Andy Abboud Soundbite:  “And what better way to make them feel better as they begin their recovery and ease back into society by giving them a weekend in Las Vegas where they can forget about their problems, feel good about knowing that the people in Las Vegas community and all over the world appreciate what they’ve done, so it’s simply our way of saying thank you.”
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Andy Abboud Soundbite:  “I think that what’s meaningful is that you see the smile on their face when they arrive and that they forget about the pain and they forget about the anguish and they’re able to escape.
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And it’s every day that these wounded warriors will be remembered for their sacrifice. 
Andy Abboud Soundbite:  “And we, we will look forward to the day when we don’t have any more wounded warriors to bring to Las Vegas, and that’s our ultimate goal.  But, as long as we have wounded warriors and as long as, as long as we have people in need, then we’re going to do this as long as we need to.”
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Producer: SrA Aaron Hauser
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Location: Las Vegas, NV
Duration: 2 Min 16 Sec
Description: Most days you take them for granted. They follow you with every step you take, making sure you get where you need to go comfortably. But what if you couldn’t afford a new pair of shoes? For many children in the Las Vegas area, that’s the reality of their situation. Luckily for them, there’s the Goodie Two Shoes foundation.
Keywords: Nellis AFB, Volunteers, Volunteering, Goodie Two Shoes, foundation, shoes, kids, local, Las Vegas, SMSgt Tammy Killen
Lead: Whether you’re wearing combat boots or sneakers, shoes get us through a lot in life. SrA Aaron Hauser shows us how Nellis Airmen are volunteering their time to help the kids of Las Vegas put some pep back in their step.
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SrA Aaron Hauser - Reporting for 99 ABW/PA
Nikki Berti - Co-Founder / CEO - Goodie Two Shoes
SMSgt Tammy Killen - 99 ABW Staff Superintendent

Most days you take them for granted. They follow you with every step you take, making sure you get where you need to go comfortably. But what if you couldn’t afford a new pair of shoes? For many children in the Las Vegas area, that’s the reality of their situation. Luckily for them, there’s the Goodie Two Shoes foundation.
*Kids cheering "Goodie Two Shoes"*

(Nikki Berti - Co-Founder / CEO - Goodie Two Shoes)
The Goodie Two Shoes foundation provides disadvantaged children with new shoes and socks as well as other items deemed as essential for good health and positive development. Today we're out here at Rose Warren Elementary School and we're outfitting 400 children with brand new shoes and sock and we're giving them some dental hygiene kits too.

Many Airman from Nellis Air Force Base, like Senior Master Sergeant Tammy Killen, volunteer to work with Goodie Two Shoes to help make a difference in their local community. 
(SMSgt Tammy Killen - 99 ABW Staff Superintendent)
*"...and then walk around and stand in line right here."*
For many of these kids, this will be the first time they’ve ever picked out their own pair of shoes, a process that Goodie Two Shoes makes incredibly easy for its pint-sized participants.

(Nikki Berti - Co-Founder / CEO - Goodie Two Shoes)
As we outfit the kids with the Goodie Two Shoes foundation today, the kids come out, we size their feet to make sure that we're looking for a properly fitting pair of shoes for them. We give them a fresh pair of socks to try the shoes on with. They get an additional five pairs of socks to take home, so they get a weeks worth of socks essentially. Then they're paired with a great community volunteer who helps them go through and empowers them with the opportunity to select any brand new pair of shoes, sneakers that they'd like from our large stock of traveling inventory.

Senior Master Sergeant Killen says volunteering with Goodie Two Shoes not only has a positive impact on the kids, but on volunteers as well.

(SMSgt Tammy Killen - 99 ABW Staff Superintendent)
Oh I think it's a fantastic program. I think kids are our most valuable resource and I can't tell you how many event I've been to where the kids just come up to me. As a matter of fact, a few minutes ago, I just had a girl say I've never seen a real, live soldier before, and she just thought it was awesome. So I think a recruiting tool also. You know the kids are excited to see somebody out in uniform in the community, not necessarily just volunteering on the base.

With the help of volunteers like these from Nellis, the Goodie Two Shoes foundation helps over ten-thousand children per year, working towards their goal of building a better foundation, one foot at a time.
SrA Aaron Hauser, Las Vegas, Nevada. Available in High Definition.

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