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'A Hero's Welcome' honors U.S. military on Veterans Day

by jmaloni


Thu, Oct 2nd 2014 06:00 pm

Robert Irvine, Genevieve Gorder and Gary Sinise surprise U.S. soldier with home renovation

Special to air across all six Scripps Networks Interactive Networks Tuesday, Nov. 11

In a one-of-a-kind television special that combines tears of joy with life transformation and acts of kindness, "A Hero's Welcome" aims to honor one of this nation's most deserving heroes in the biggest, most emotional, and most memorable way imaginable.

"A Hero's Welcome" premieres Tuesday, Nov. 11.

After serving his country for more than 25 years and recovering from life-threatening injuries, Staff Sgt. Tony Woods is preparing to retire from the military. He will return home to discover, 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), a completely renovated house for him and his family to retire comfortably.

Airing on Veterans Day across all six Scripps Networks Interactive lifestyle channels (Food Network, HGTV, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, Travel Channel and Great American Country), audiences will witness all of the surprises and emotions as the team races around the clock to make sure they are ready to say "Welcome Home!"

Woods selflessly served his country for more than two decades. While in Iraq, he was severely injured by an improvised explosive device, landing him in a coma for 45 days. When he woke, he went right back to serving. But what Woods does when he is home makes him truly extraordinary. Along with his wife, Joedi, they open up their home in Oahu, Hawaii, to children in need of loving parents, fostering as many kids as their house can hold. Now, producers said, it is time for Woods and his family to be thanked in the way they deserve.

With Woods away, and totally unaware of what is about to transpire, Irvine works to organize the neighborhood, along with the help of Gorder, to renovate Woods' home. The clock is ticking fast and furiously as the pressure mounts to get this all done and throw Woods a welcome home celebration in just a few days. Woods, accompanied by Sinise, will return to witness one of the biggest transformations Irvine and Gorder have ever accomplished - a transformation deserving of a hero!

But the team doesn't stop there in honoring and recognizing this nation's heroes for all they have sacrificed and accomplished. During the makeover, Irvine heads to Germany to visit the Kaiserslautern Military Community, which has the highest concentration of U.S. soldiers and servicemen abroad. There, his new mission will start: bringing overseas soldiers a delicious meal, courtesy of Marie Callender's Comforts from Home project, which aims to bring the comforts from home to those who miss it most: overseas troops. Irvine will entertain the brave servicemen and deliver chicken pot pies and a classic American feast.

Tune in on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at the below times, to witness the special:

  • 9 p.m./8 p.m. CT on Food Network

  • 10 p.m./9 p.m. CT on Cooking Channel

  • 10 p.m./9 p.m. CT on Great American Country

  • 11 p.m./10 p.m. CT on HGTV

  • 11 p.m./10 p.m. CT on DIY Network

  • 11 p.m./10 p.m. CT on Travel Channel

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