Wounded warriors, families get up close with exotic animals

Brush with wildlife part of recovery process

SAN ANTONIO - Dozens of wounded warriors and their families got to see some exotic animals up close on Thursday.

Directors at the Warrior and Family Support Center of San Antonio hosted the Zoofari Animal Outreach Program on their grounds, giving children a chance to enjoy the rare animals, while helping the wounded veterans through their recovery process.

Frankie Albert, who was injured during a tour of Iraq, brought his family to spend time with them.

"It's nice that our entire family is able to come out and is able to partake in the activities they have here," said Albert. "It really helps out the whole family."

Albert served three tours in Iraq and suffered a concussion after he was injured in a blast.

"It's hard on the family," he said. "But, when I come back, it's always a happy occasion."

Charles Dominguez, with the Warrior and Family Support Center, said their goal is to help these warriors recover from not only the trauma that they suffer from their injuries, but also the emotional strain it has on their loved ones.

So, seeing the children smiling and having a good time, Dominguez said Thursday, is definitely rewarding.

"It makes my day," said Dominguez. "It makes everything worthwhile, what we are doing here for the soldiers and everybody else."

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