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Showing support for active and retired members of the military is a vital part of the Texans organization. The Texans partner with several local organizations, including the USO, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Lone Star Veterans Association and Operation FINALLY HOME to show our appreciation for the nearly 70,000 post-9/11 veterans in the Houston area. From honoring soldiers at our Salute to Service game to changing the life of a deserving soldier by gifting him with a brand-new home, the Texans take pride in supporting the men and women who have served our country.

Each season, the Texans host the Salute to Service game, which recognizes the members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Active-duty members of the military from all five branches held the Texas and U.S. flags on the field during pregame ceremonies. Retired Navy admiral and current chancellor of the University of Texas System William H. McRaven served as the Homefield Advantage Captain, and the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division All-American Chorus sang the national anthem, while Challenger, the free-flying American bald eagle, flew through NRG Stadium. At halftime, the U.S. Air Force Band of the West performed while Texans season ticket members held U.S. flags in the end zones.

During Salute to Service Week, the Texans invited 150 members of the military, veterans, and their families from the USO, the Wounded Warrior Project, and the Lone Star Veterans Association to enjoy an afternoon at Top Golf at the Tees, Texans, and Troops event. Attendees got to hit the links alongside Cheerleaders, Ambassadors, and Lady Texans

During Salute to Service Week, the Texans hosted a barbecue at NRG Stadium for 200 service members and veterans. Attendees visited with the Lady Texans and enjoyed lunch cooked by Texans tailgate teams courtesy of H-E-B. Afterward, the service members and vets attended a private Texans practice, where they got to meet players and coaches.

In an effort to contribute to the Houston workforce and support Houston-area veterans, Houston Community College (HCC) and the Texans partnered to create the Scholarships for Service Program. This year, HCC and the Texans awarded 29 scholarships to veterans who were enrolled in HCC. The recipients were honored at an awards ceremony at NRG Stadium that included quarterback Brandon Weeden and HCC officials. In total, the Texans and HCC have donated more than $323,000 in scholarships to HCC students.

At each Texans home game, a service member or vet is recognized for his or her service to our country in the Salute to American Heroes feature. Each honoree receives tickets to the game and a customized game ball presented by Cheerleaders in front of a spirited crowd at NRG Stadium.

To nominate a deserving service member, please click here.

U.S. Army specialist Cliff Betcher and his family were surprised with the news during the Texans’ home playoff game in January that they would be the recipients of a custom-built, mortgage-free home courtesy of Operation FINALLY HOME and the Texans. The Betchers received the keys to their new home in a dedication ceremony in May which was attended by Cheerleaders and Ambassador Fred Weary. Operation FINALLY HOME is a nonprofit that helps America’s military heroes and their families transition to the home front by addressing one of their most pressing needs—a home to call their own.

The Texans All Community Team (TACT) ticketing program allows players to purchase season tickets for local nonprofits, providing each group with the opportunity to attend home games, get behind-the-scenes and on-field experiences, and meet players. Each game, the USO receives tickets courtesy of their TACT player, DE J.J. Watt, and Lone Star Veterans Association receives tickets courtesy of their TACT player, LB Brian Cushing.