Cowboys for HeroesIn February 2007, a number of veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan found themselves enjoying lunch in an authentic chuckwagon camp. Thanks to members of the American Chuckwagon Association and Chuckwagons for Christ, the wounded and their families were treated to meals prepared by ten chuckwagons that included beef chili, beef stew, beans, biscuits and peach cobbler.
This event staged at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC), in San Antonio, Texas followed the recent dedication of the Center for the Intrepid, a state of the art facility for patients recovering from loss of limbs, and funded with $50 million in private donations. Two new Fisher Houses, funded with $6 million in private donations were also dedicated. The Fisher houses are home to the families of patients recovering at BAMC.
The Tegeler family and their Rocking T Chuckwagon participated in the event. Lonnie and Barbara Tegeler, and Craig Stickley of Chappell Hill and Frank Crone of Austin cooked for and visited with many of the BAMC patients. One of the troops, U.S Army Staff Sergeant William (Bill) Kleinedler was wounded in October 2006 by an IED, while driving north of Baghdad. Of the five soldiers in his vehicle, only Sergeant Kleinedler and one other survived. Sergeant Kleinedler suffered second and third degree burns to his hands, chest, back and face. His nose was reconstructed and he will continue to receive treatment and therapy at BAMC.
“We were fortunate to meet and visit with many of these heroes and hear how they were wounded and the care they are receiving”, said Lonnie Tegeler. “Their stories are very intense and moving and their positive outlook is wonderful” added Lonnie.