DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - In a show of appreciation from city, state and country, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins gave one North Texas military veteran tickets to an upcoming Dallas Cowboys game.
Friday, Judge Jenkins gave U.S. Army veteran Robert Riggs tickets for him and three family members to watch the Cowboys Christmas Eve game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Riggs served two tours of duty in Iraq and one tour of duty in Afghanistan.
“I’m not tooting my own horn. I had a rough go of it, but I know it was guys that had it a lot worse than me,” he said.
As part of the partnership with “Operation Healthy Reunions (OHR)” and Dallas County Veteran’s Services, Riggs received Cowboys Stadium tickets on the 30-year-line, near the field.
“I’m just thankful that we [veterans] have programs in place that look out for us,” said Riggs.
Wearing a Dallas Cowboys shirt Judge Jenkins presented Riggs with the tickets. Earlier Jenkins said, “Our veterans have given so much in the service of our country; because of them we are safe and remain proud. This is our way of welcoming home a service member for the holidays and saying ‘we honor your service.’”
Riggs, who was medically retired from the Army back in July, is excited about the upcoming game.
“I am a Cowboys fan. They’re my number two team,” he said laughing.
Riggs said he will give two of the tickets to family members, who supported him while he was active in the military. He said the fourth ticket will go to a military “buddy” who just days ago returned home from Iraq.