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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
Memphis libraries seeking funding
May 25, 2013 13:07 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The public library system in Memphis is hoping to secure $2.9 million to add employees and increase its collection.
The Memphis Daily News (http://bit.ly/19BANxH) reports the Memphis Public Library & Information Center cites the figures as part of its strategic plan.
A study by the Friends of the Library and the Memphis Library Foundation found that during the past five years, the system's budget has been cut 21 percent and hours were reduced 20 percent.
The goal of the new funding would be to add 47 employees to the 18-location library system and increase the collections budget to $2 million from less than $1 million.
Library director Keenon McCloy says the plan is a "roadmap for the future."
Information from: The Memphis Daily News, http://www.memphisdailynews.com
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