SAN ANTONIO — About 70 soldiers from the 2nd “Stallion” Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, spent Sept. 6 preparing and serving a barbecue to wounded warriors at Brooke Army Medical Center.
Recognizing the number of soldiers at the San Antonio hospital who have sacrificed a great deal for their country, Lt. Col. Kelvin Brown, battalion commander, wanted to do something in return.
While standing in line, many wounded warriors thanked Brown and his soldiers for taking time out of their busy schedules to visit them.
“It’s about you, not about us,” Brown replied.
The Stallions served hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, baked beans, coleslaw, potato and pasta salad, corn and cookies.
“It feels great to know someone cares about us,” said Sgt. Ricardo Perez, a soldier currently assigned to Brooke’s Warrior Transition Unit.
Perez said not many units take the time to remember them, and wounded warriors sometimes feel forgotten.
“It is an honor to serve these men and women,” said Capt. Matthew Canty, the human resources officer for the Stallion Battalion. “Especially being a soldier myself.”
The amount of money that’s put into an event doesn’t make it meaningful, Perez said, but the willingness to do it.
“(Stallions) call me as often as they can just to see how I am doing,” he said. “I don’t think they really know how much that means to me.”
The barbecue concluded with Stallions line dancing with wounded warriors.
Brown said they plan to return in April for another barbecue.