Wounded vets treated to Lions game

Father & son organization takes disabled veterans to NFL game every week

Author: Will Jones, Local 4 Reporter, @Local4Will, wjones@wdiv.com
Published On: Dec 30 2012 02:55:48 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 30 2012 07:34:48 PM EST
Wounded vets treated to Lions games
DETROIT -

A father and son made a pact with each other to go to every single NFL stadium in the country together in one season. And they decided to make room on this trip of a lifetime for some of our nation's heroes.

These soldiers have given so much to their country, today it was about giving back to them, bringing them to Detroit to see the Lions and the Bears face off.

The day started with a breakfast for champions at Whole Foods in West Bloomfield where they not only chowed down, they also discussed their fantasy football teams.

After that it was to time to head to Ford Field  for an up close look where all the action happens before settling in for the game.

This was all made possible by a program called "All 32 in 17."

Started by a Father and Son from Chicago, Craig and Matt Steichen.

The two have taken wounded veterans to all 32 NFL stadiums this season.

At the start, they didn't know it was going to be so emotional for them.

"Day after day the same thing. You start out in the morning and every day you meet two guys who are just heroes and you kind of do the best you can for them all day long and by the end of the day they are all going to be smiling," said Craig Steichen.

Michigan native Specialist Eric Lund was injured in an explosion in Afghanistan this year and lost his arms.

Army Sergeant Kenneth Harker from Evansville, Indiana was injured in an explosion in Iraq in 2008. He lost both of his legs. 

They say they're thankful for the Steichens work for wounded soldiers.

"It is pretty awesome. I have been to football games before but I have never been near the field," Harker said.

"It is pretty overwhelming," said Lund.

Next year they plan to expand the program by taking soldiers not only to football games but also to basketball games, hockey games and even the Oscars.