More than 400 wounded vets welcomed at Prasek’s Family Smokehouse

On Friday, May 17 the Prasek’s Family Smokehouse in El Campo, Texas welcomed more than 400 wounded combat veterans from Warrior’s Weekend, a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of veterans in the United States, according to a press release.

The veterans were greeted during their Texas road trip for the annual fishing event held for them in Port O’Connor.

For nearly 10 years, the Prasek’s family has been welcoming the veterans alongside residents, Texas Rangers, city and county officials and students from Saint Phillip’s Catholic School.

“It’s our honor to welcome the veterans every year and show our appreciation. We’ve been welcoming the warriors for nearly 10 years, and it’s something we are truly proud to be a part of,” said Duane Korenek from Prasek’s Family Smokehouse.

The wounded combat veterans were able to enjoy complimentary lunches, beef and turkey jerky with bottled water to fight off the Texas heat. The Prasek’s Family Smokehouse opened their doors to allow the veterans to kick back, relax and enjoy their stop before heading back on the road to Port O’Connor.

“Our main purpose is letting those who sacrificed so much understand that Americans appreciate and are thankful for them and what they have done,” said Sherry Kocian, Warrior Weekend co-founder.

Over the last 10 years, the event has grown from 60 participants in the first year to the organization reporting nearly 1,100 soldiers for the most attended weekend.