Veteran Profiles
Howard Kenotchy

Howard Kenotchy is a WWII veteran that has devoted his time in retirement to be a "Cookie Commando", bringing treats to the troops at Fort Hood in Texas.

Dr. Tom Myers

Dr. Tom Myers is a Vietnam veteran that continues to give his time and energy to ensuring that the troops at Fort Hood know they are appreciated.

Dan Bentz

Dan Bentz is a Vietnam veteran that wants to ensure that all service men and women get a small taste of home, and a "thank you" for their service.

Lewis Albanese

Lewis Albanese was a good friend of Dan Bentz who is featured in the documentary. Lewis gave the ultimate sacrifice to save the men in his platoon. His selfless action and friendship left a huge impact on Dan, and he credits Lewis for urging him to give back to fellow soldiers. Below is the official Medal of Honor citation for Lewis Albanese.

Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 5th Battalion (Airmobile), 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division
Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 1 December 1966

Entered service at: Seattle, Washington 
Born: 27 April 1946, Venice, Italy

 For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. Albanese's platoon, while advancing through densely covered terrain to establish a blocking position, received intense automatic weapons fire from close range. As other members maneuvered to assault the enemy position, Pfc. Albanese was ordered to provide security for the left flank of the platoon. Suddenly, the left flank received fire from enemy located in a well concealed ditch. Realizing the imminent danger to his comrades from this fire, Pfc. Albanese fixed his bayonet and moved aggressively into the ditch. His action silenced the sniper fire, enabling the platoon to resume movement toward the main enemy position. As the platoon continued to advance, the sound of heavy firing emanated from the left flank from a pitched battle that ensued in the ditch which Pfc. Albanese had entered. The ditch was actually a well-organized complex of enemy defenses designed to bring devastating flanking fire on the forces attacking the main position. Pfc. Albanese, disregarding the danger to himself, advanced 100 meters along the trench and killed 6 of the snipers, who were armed with automatic weapons. Having exhausted his ammunition, Pfc. Albanese was mortally wounded when he engaged and killed 2 more enemy soldiers in fierce hand-to-hand combat. His unparalleled actions saved the lives of many members of his platoon who otherwise would have fallen to the sniper fire from the ditch, and enabled his platoon to successfully advance against an enemy force of overwhelming numerical superiority. Pfc. Albanese's extraordinary heroism and supreme dedication to his comrades were commensurate with the finest traditions of the military service and remain a tribute to himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

About the Film

This thirty minute documentary follows the efforts of volunteers from Sun City Texas that come together on a mission to show appreciation to the soldiers at Fort Hood.

Each week, retirees from Georgetown, TX, give heartfelt thank yous to soldiers reporting for duty at Fort Hood as well as those injured in combat. This documentary, accentuated by stunning imagery of America’s largest military base, follows the volunteers as they collect cookies, brownies and doughnuts from local stores, and baked goods made by people in the community to distribute at the Army base. The retirees travel more than 50 miles with cars filled to the brim with treats to hand the treats to hundreds of soldiers getting processed at Fort Hood every Thursday.  

Not only do these volunteers walk the lines giving treats and saying thanks to the incoming troops, but they also bring food to the Wounded Warriors buildings, where severely injured soldiers are recovering, and to the Fisher House, which gives a home to military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization. Many of the volunteers are veterans themselves, and have incredible stories of their own survival in war. Their reasons for giving back are both moving and remarkable.  Along the way, the viewers will also hear from the troops that receive the treats, and find out how the kindness of strangers affects them.

Special Thanks To
USO

The USO's mission is to lift the spirits of America’s troops and their families.
www.uso.org

The Fisher Fondation

The Fisher foundation provides "a home away from home" for military families to be closed to a loved while while receiving treatment.
www.fisherhouse.org

The Cain Foundation