Wounded warriors and their families visit SA Zoo for military appreciation month

SAN ANTONIO – Wounded warriors and their families take a trip to the San Antonio Zoo for military appreciation month.

The visit was part of the Zoo Salutes program which is presented by Warriors Heart in the town of Bandera.

The families were visiting with Fisher House, which provides temporary housing for families of military members recovering from medical treatment.

The families said the zoo outing gave them a breath of fresh air and a chance to relax and enjoy themselves during a tough time in their lives.

"They're going to spend about four hours here and then head right back to the Fisher House. For them, it's a good break away from the hospital-type atmosphere to get out and get around,” said Dewayne Hopkins, executive director of Fisher House, Inc.

Zoo Salutes runs through the entire month of May. Active duty and retired military, National Guard and reserves get free admission to the zoo and 50 percent off for up to four family members with proof of a military ID.