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"I got blown up in an IED," says Salazar. "I broke my right femur."
"I was hit with shrapnel from a rocket in Balad, Iraq in 2006," says Genck.
Monday night they were back home, and not just on any American soil. They were on the gridiron, the same grass where heroes tread, and legends are made. During the Monday night football game between the Titans and the Jets, 70,000 fans showed them who the real heroes are, and just how much their service and sacrifice are appreciated. It's all thanks to Craig and Matt Steichen, a father and son from Chicago on a mission to visit all 32 NFL stadiums in a single season. What started as a father/son trip turned into a calling, and at every stop, they take 2 wounded warriors to the game with them. This father/son odyssey started in their hometown, the Windy City. From there, they went to New York City and then Denver and so on, visiting 31 stadiums in 15 weeks. Music City was the last stop on this incredible journey.
"We've gone 40,953 miles in 103 days," says Craig Steichen.
32 stadiums in half as many weeks meant the Steichens had to hit several cities in one weekend several times.
"There was 2 stretches where we had 6 games in 9 days," says Craig Steichen. "We were home 32 hours in a week."
No matter how tired they were, giving up was never an option.
"If this journey was about football, I would have quit after about week 3," says Matt Steichen. "But I've never once wanted to quit because I know that there's 2 guys waiting for me at every single stadium and I get to make a difference in their lives."
"To go out of their way to help people, strangers to them," says Genck. "They don't even know who we are until we meet, you know, it's phenomenal."
For the Steichens, it's moments like these that make it all worth it.
Saturday, December 29 2012, 05:57 PM CST
State officials to hold seat belt campaign event
May 24, 2013 08:11 GMT
SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (AP) -- The Governor's Highway Safety Office plans to announce its "Click It or Ticket" campaign on Friday.
The event is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. at the Robertson County Courthouse in Springfield.
Nationally, statistics show seat belt use increased significantly in 2012 as compared to 2011 among drivers, right-front passengers and backseat occupants.
However, officials say more than 400 of Tennessee's crash fatalities last year involved unrestrained drivers or passengers.
The Governor's Highway Safety Office urges all motorists to buckle up.
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