Hometown Hero - Brian Horn

Published 07/07 2014 01:52PM

Updated 07/07 2014 02:01PM

We salute Sergeant Brian Horn as he was one of more than 1,000 soldiers who parachuted into Iraq at the beginning of the war.

He also helped start a non-profit care package program, which has helped thousands of troops.

WFFT spoke with Brian's mother about her son's military experience so take a listen as we honor Brian as our Hometown Hero of the week.

"Brian joined the military right after high school.  He wanted to do something crazy so he became Infantry Airborne.  He immediately was sent to Kosovo right after training and he reinlisted as a paratrooper."

"Also, he went to Italy, the 173rd Airborne Division.  He jumped into Northern Iraq with 1,000 paratroopers.  Hit the ground, we didn't hear from him for months after he hit the ground and our first communication was a piece of cardboard from the MRE boxes, the food that the eat, just saying 'I'm okay and I'm alive'."

"We had been sending him like 6-10 packages a week.  Our first phone call he said, 'Mom, Dad, can you send more?' It was because he felt that the troops around him got really no communication from home and he wanted to help his buddies around him.  So my husband designed a webpage for just our family and friends if you want to help Brian's guys."

"We got a lot of outcry from different branches saying it's been great and before you know it any soldier, any sailor, any marine, any airforce, any coastguardsman, so it's still going strong 8 years later and Brian was a big part of that."

"He's not much for the limelight.  He's not about medals and being recognized.  He's about God and country and family, and he's my hero."

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