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!
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
Defenders of Freedom
Grace After Fire
Heroes on the Water (HOW)
Homeless Veteran Services of Dallas
Hope for the Home Front
Mental Health Association of Greater Dallas – Operation Healthy Reunions
Operation Once in a Life Time