Dallas Mavericks Fans Give Wounded Warriors A Night They’ll Never Forget.

Wounded Warriors Get Special Treat

Veterans were treated to a special night of dining and sports in Dallas, TX, thanks to a local restaurant and some very generous Mavericks season tickets holders.


Seventy-three years after surviving Pearl Harbor, veteran Edward Guthrie was one of the wounded warriors being honored. Another vet lost his nose and eyes and had to have his face rebuilt. Men and women made countless sacrifices for their country so American Airlines flew them from the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio to be honored and appreciated.

Over 100 veterans had a 5-star meal at Abacus, one of Dallas’ highest rated and pricy restaurants. The Abacus team has kept up this tradition because they all agree it’s the most fulfilling thing they get to do every year.

Next up, free admission to the Mavs game, a 10 year tradition of season tickets holders. 10 years ago, Mavs fan Neal Hawks donated his tickets for a couple of games to thank veterans and started to ask others to do the same. This year they were able to reserve the entire front row of the American Airlines Stadium.

The evening was full of pampering, full stomachs, and firsts. 96-year-old Guthrie marked the night as one his most memorable because he’d never been to a professional basketball game before. What an incredible way to honor our country’s heroes.

A hero’s welcome

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Veteran Edward Guthrie

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Fine dining at Abacus

dining at abacus
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Front row treatment at the Mavs game

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