by Mark Schnyder - CBSDFW.COM

ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – A wounded warrior from Texas was at AT&T Stadium Thursday where about 1,000 area school kids were waiting to honor him.

Students from 13 Dallas-Fort Worth schools raised money through the Kids ‘R’ Kids program and presented Sgt. Ross Cox with a check for $11,549.  Cox, who lost his left leg in an IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2011 knew he was getting a check before the kids participated in athletic events.  But he and his family got a surprise when the organization Helping a Hero told him they were building them a house in Fort Worth.

“We’re blown away by it,” said Cox who joined the Army in 2001 and was in the first platoon on the ground in Afghanistan after 9-11.  “It’s just amazing that people will come in and do this for us.”

Cox says he and his family have moved around about six times in the last two years and is ready to lay down roots in Fort Worth where he starts a new job next Monday.

“I got chills,” said Karen Kepley with Kids ‘R’ Kids.  “It’s quite amazing after all the hard work the kids have done to see it be able to match a face to a name and see the family standing right in front of you.”

Kids ‘R’ Kids runs early childhood education centers and this is the third year they’ve raised money to help injured veterans through Helping a Hero.

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