DFW Airport

Meet and Greet the Troops at DFW Airport

As of March 14, 2012, troops are no longer returning home through the Welcome Home a Hero program; however, troops do return daily with various needs and requests. Below are some of the options as to how you can support today!

Program History

In June 2004, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the Colleyville Chamber of Commerce and the North Texas Commission launched the Welcome Home a Hero program to greet U.S. troops returning for two weeks of rest and recuperation. What began as a modest effort to honor our soldiers became an outpouring of community support to demonstrate gratitude to the men and women in uniform.

In March 2012, the U.S. Army closed Personnel Assistance Point (PAP) operations at DFW Airport in response to a decrease of deployed service members in the Middle East. Due to a reduction in troops to the Middle East and Afghanistan, the volume of troops participating in rest and recuperation programs also greatly reduced, and checkpoints, such as those at DFW Airport, were retired. However, the program accomplishments have served both our troops and North Texans for generations to come.

The Mission Continues

While the Welcome Home a Hero program was not possible without PAP operations, soldiers leave our region and return home daily. With more than 300 organizations working for soldiers and veterans, please consider the potential areas in which you can continue to support the troops with North Texas hospitality.

Allies in Service
alliesinservice.org | 214-438-6358
Reintegrates veterans and serviceman back into the Dallas community through access to quality health care options and information, education, safe and affordable housing choices and meaningful employment

Defenders of Freedom
defendersoffreedom.us | 214-232-4962
Gives emergency financial assistance to wounded troops and families • Sends personalized care packages to deployed troops

Grace After Fire
graceafterfire.org | 817-682-6694
Supporting female veterans

Heroes on the Water (HOW)
heroesonthewater.org | 214-295-4541
Serves all military that have been wounded, injured or disabled with a meaningful day trip of paddling and fishing

Homeless Veteran Services of Dallas
hvsd.org | 877-424-3838
Provides temporary housing for veterans and their families and transportation to the VA for appointments

Hope for the Home Front
hopeforthehomefront.com | 719-440-1000
Provides emotional and spiritual support for the spouses of returning combat veterans through retreats and Bible studies

Mental Health Association of Greater Dallas – Operation Healthy Reunions
operationhealthyreunions.org | 214-871-2420, Ext. 110
Mental Health Association of Tarrant County – Operation Healthy Reunions
mhatc.org | 817-335-5405
Provides accessible, quality mental health care services at little or no cost to service members and their families

Operation Once in a Life Time
Provides free financial and moral support in an effort to make the dreams of U.S. soldiers, their families and veterans come true

Snowball Express
Creates hope and new memories for children of fallen military heroes who have died serving our country since 9/11

Soldier’s Angels
soldiersangels.org | 615-676-0239
Provides opportunities to support troops through various avenues

affiliates.uso.org/dfw/ | 972-574-3933
Lifts the spirits of America’s troops and families • Supports military travelling through DFW and organizes community outreach programs with homecomings, deployment and family days

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