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Warrior Adventure Quest gives returning soldiers fun getaways

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OUISKI CHITTO CREEK (KPLC) -

More than 100 soldiers from Fort Polk were treated to a day of tubing on the Ouiska Chitto, as a part of the Warrior Adventure Quest.

The Warrior Adventure Quest is a program that gives soldiers returning home an outlet for fun.

The soldiers returned home from Afghanistan in February.

Midway through the tubing trip, the group stopped at a hunting camp for lunch. They were welcomed by a WWII veteran and nearly a dozen Vietnam veterans.

"It means a lot to us and shows us a sense of community and that they actually care that we are around. I think we appreciate it more than they do," said Specialist Robert Kenny.

"It's great. It just shows that the community is here for us. We like the attention... I guess you could say," said Staff Sgt. Brian Kough.

Vietnam Veterans Terry Courville and J.D. Soileau said they feel like these troops are their little brothers and wanted to be there to thank them for their service.

"They are getting the welcome home we never got from Vietnam. They deserve every minute of it," said Courville.

"We're just carrying on our motto 'that one generation of veterans will never abandon another generation of veterans.' And we wanted to welcome home our troops," said Soileau.

During the past five years, the Warrior Adventure Program has taken the soldiers to all types of destinations, including Houston and New Orleans.

Participants said they had no idea that the best trip was in their own backyard.

"It's just the guys floating down the river, relaxing and enjoying themselves after a long deployment and a lot of training," said Sgt. Bryce Crandall.

They plan to take another unit tubing next week.

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