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SAN ANTONIO -- For one soldier, he said it beats his hospital room where he's been cooped up recovering from battle.

Monday night he joined 1,500 servicemen and women and their families for Texas Cavalier's Military Fiesta.

This is really nice, said Eric Davis, a wounded warrior. It gives me a reason to get out of the room.

He and fellow wounded warriors sat front row from a balcony to watch the parade in VIP seats.

We are here with a bunch of wounded warriors from the Center for the Intrepid, said Andrew Wilson, a wounded warrior.

A Medal of Honor recipient came to meet them. Sgt. Leroy Petry returned to duty after losing his hand and injuring his legs in Afghanistan. Sgt. Petry also served as Grand Marshal.

It's an honor for me, said Sgt. Petry. I've been to San Antonio before and every chance I get to get back here is a great one.

After his speech, Union Pacific also presented a $150,000 check to the wounded warriors.

$150,000 will go a long way to help wounded warriors through recovery, said Wilson.

As for the free VIP seats? Clyde Johnson, the Chairman of the Texas Cavalier's Military program said that it's the very minimal we can do. Our hearts and minds say thank you to those folks for the ultimate sacrifice.

The Texas Cavaliers was founded in 1926.

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