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National TV Special to Honor Hawaii Veteran

Posted on November 10, 2014

A hero's welcome

Volunteers from the neighborhood race to help rebuild the Woods family home on Oahu.
Photo credit: Food Network 

Tomorrow on Veterans Day, one deserving Hawaii veteran will receive a surprise home renovation in an emotional and memorable tribute on “A Hero’s Welcome,” filmed on the Island of Oahu. See if you can spot your favorite Hawaii locales during this unforgettable story.

The hour-long TV special will show Oahu resident Staff Sergeant Tony Woods preparing to retire from the military, after serving 25 years and recovering from life-threatening injuries. While in Iraq, he was severely injured by an explosive device and left in a coma for 45 days. When he woke, he went right back to serving.

Along with his wife Joedi, Sgt. Woods is known for opening his home on the North Shore to children in need, fostering as many kids as their house can hold.

With the help of Food Network’s Robert Irvine, HGTV’s Genevieve Gorder and award-winning actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise, founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation, Sgt. Woods will return to a completely renovated house for him to retire comfortably. There will be a race against the clock as the entire neighborhood works to renovate the house and surprise this deserving family in a special homecoming.

Tune in on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at the following times to watch this incredible story unfold on six national networks:

  • 9pm/8pm CT on Food Network
  • 10pm/9pm CT on Cooking Channel and Great American Country
  • 11pm/10pm CT on HGTV, DIY Network and Travel Channel

The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau is a proud partner of “A Hero’s Welcome” and assisted in getting this production to the Hawaiian Islands.

For more information, visit Food Network’s blog.

-by So Much More Hawaii staff 

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