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Heroes take to Texans' gridiron for BBQ, spectacle

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Some gridiron heroes got a chance to meet some real heroes.

Thursday, about 150 active duty and wounded veterans had a BBQ lunch at Reliant Center and watched the Houston Texans practice.

"You've got to have something else to think about, entertainment-wise, instead of just thinking about war and what we were doing there," 82nd Airborne veteran Paul Delacerda said.

Delacerda was severely wounded by an IED in 2005.

All week, the Texans are honoring the troops.  They held a bowling event and partnered with Operation Finally Home to give the family of a vet a new home.

"We need a chance to give back to them.  They real celebrities here are the military.  They do so much for us and for our country," Texans' Hannah McNair said.

Vets like Delacerda know it's easy to get cynical.  It's easy to think people and groups do things like this to cover themselves in borrowed glory, but he says these events, these public thank-yous do matter.  It lets them know their sacrifices have not been in vain.

It also gets veterans together so they talk , bond and heal.

"You get to stand with your fellow wounded warriors and veterans and guys in uniform and talk amongst yourselves. To understand each other right off the bat. That's the biggest deal," Delacerda said.

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