People who had never met us before were hugging us and shaking our hands. It was really a wonderful recognition of the sacrifices our Wounded Warriors have made. --SSG Dale Beatty

They don't stop. They just keep helping. I've never met people this kind. --Spc. William Garcia Jr.

The Texas Wounded Warrior Pro-Am was simply amazing. Getting off the plane and having all the people there to welcome us with flags and hugs was more than I could have imagined. --Staff Sergeant, Fort Hood

Just look at these guys. Without their sacrifices, you and I probably wouldn't be here right now. --Jimmy Clark, Texas Rough Rider

I could not believe the number of people who showed up to support us. This was the homecoming that I never had. --Sergeant BAMC

Without the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation, my transition would have been very difficult. I'm truly grateful for what they're doing to help me. --Staff Sgt. Bernard Teic

The following is an interview conducted with the late Pierre de Wet (4/15/1954 - 1/26/2016) prior to the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation's Wounded Warrior Weekend Pro-Am Golf Event held October 2-5, 2015:

1.  How long have you and your organization, Kiepersol, been a partner of the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation and why did you choose this organization to focus so much of your attention?  

We've been trying to help since 2010. In different wars soldiers were buried.  These wars of the last 20 years have miraculously saved many lives with better equipment, bullet and shrapnel-proof vests and better protection.  But with the lives saved, came hurt bodies. The power of explosives is understood by very few, and they have ripped many limbs, and the power of these blasts made many a brain injury.  So, in short, it is heroes coming home with needs and disabilities like we've never seen before, and they need us to encourage and help them to live the American dream as best as possible.  After all, they secured another day for us.

2.  I understand you were in the military as a young man in South Africa.  What was your military experience like?  How did the mission and your duties compare and contrast to the American military member?  

The best time in my life that I never want to re-do.  We were young, energetic and patriotic.  We were trying to do everything to preserve captitalism and not let the forces of communism and socialism overtake our world.  I think war is war and every warrior that does his best plays a significant role in the the outcome.  Our war was guerilla warfare with very little conventional input - booby traps and land mines were our biggest fear.   We both have enemies that have no value for life and are ruthless and without conscience.

3.  A few years back, just after you opened KE Bushman's Celebration Center, you hosted one of the first Wounded Warrior weekend parties.  You also dedicated that building to some special people.  Who were those people and why did you dedicate the building to them?  Tell me about the special gift you gave each of them.  

The two world wars were the wars that all of us knew somebody that fought in them - whether you were a part of the Commonwealth, the United States or part of the Allies.  We had a common enemy and we were united as nations to destroy their vision.  For the many freedoms my family and I enjoy, we owe a gratitude to a generation of patriots that never said it wasn't their responsibility, not when they were called on and not when they came home.  It is a generation that accepted their personal responsibilities of life and death, of success and failure, like nobody else before or after them.  They are the generation of the silver dollar.  They are the generation that makes America the shining city on a hill.  And every year, there were fewer of them present at our events and more of them were finding the ultimate rest, rewarding their quest for a better life for us all.  We simply put a silver dollar in each of their hands as a token of understanding.

4.  Why is it that you are so passionate about the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation?  What makes you want to be part of the orgnaizaiton going into its eighth year?

The good Lord says love thy neighbor and though many national organizations and chariites help and do the same things the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation does, they are my neighbors.  They are warriors that I can see, warriors that I can talk to, warriors whose families we know, warriors here in Texas.  And with every blessing we so undeservedly get or experience, we have an obligation to share God's grace.

5.  What do you find so attractive about what the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation does?

The Foundation takes care of the details, the little things that fall between the cracks, the little things that people are embarrassed by, the little things that don't make headlines.  It is the little pieces that heal with hope.

6.  If you had one wish for the country you now call home, what would that be? 

Now it has been thirty-plus years.  My hope would be that God, the Almighty, will give our leaders the wisdom and the courage not to repeat the things that caused pain, suffering and heartache.  Give them the wisdom to keep people free and somehow responsible for their own achievements and failures.

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