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The Wounded Warriors Amputee Softball players proved to be as powerful and fast as their reputation in games against the Senior League All Stars and Henderson County first responders Saturday afternoon at West Henderson High School.
The Wounded Warrior visit, sponsored by HonorAir, featured exhibition benefit games Friday night at McCormick Field and Saturday at West. Cloudy skies and the threat of rain did not stop a crowd of several hundred from turning out for the game. The games were a fundraiser for Operation Welcome Home. Created by HonorAir, the program provides training and job opportunities for former military personnel at the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry's Veterans Restoration Quarters and transitional housing facility in Swannanoa.
The job training program has a placement rate of 100 percent and a retention record of 92 percent after 18 months, said Jeff Miller, the Hendersonville HonorAir and Operation Welcome Home founder.
Corporate sponsors on board included Borg Warner, Pardee Hospital, Mission Hospital, Budweiser and the Asheville Tourists. Media sponsors were WLOS and Clear Channel radio. Miller said he hoped to raise $100,000 or more from box office sales and sponsorships.