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Boise Veteran Honored with Surprise Visit from Coach Harsin and Free Groceries for One Year

Randy Perkins

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May 15th, 2015

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Thursday was a day full of surprises for U.S. Army veteran, Aaron Woods, and his family. A trip to a local Albertsons store quickly turned into memories of a lifetime.

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Sergeant Woods and his wife, Jenny, arrived at the Albertsons store on Vista and Overland in Boise to enjoy a delicious food sampling courtesy of Eckrich and Operation Homefront. What they did not know is that a special visitor was waiting to greet them.

Moments later, Coach Bryan Harsin appeared with a special surprise for the couple.

“On behalf of Eckrich, Albertsons and Boise State, I’d like to thank you, Aaron, for your service to our country and for the sacrifices of your family,” said Harsin as he presented Woods with an authentic Boise State Broncos football jersey. “Your surprises aren’t done yet,” the coach continued.  It was at that very moment when Aaron and Jenny received a pair of backstage passes for the Randy Houser and Luke Bryan concert to take place later that evening at Taco Bell Arena in Boise.

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But the surprises didn’t end there, either.

Later that night, Aaron and Jenny met Randy Houser backstage before the show. “With us tonight are also some of our friends from Albertsons. They’ve been great partners in helping us honor military families,” said Houser as he introduced Jim Salazzar of the Albertsons Intermountain Division. “On behalf of Eckrich, we want to provide you with one year of free groceries at Albertsons,” said Salazzar. “Thank you again for all of your sacrifices.”

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“Today has been an amazing day,” said Aaron Woods after the surprise at the Houser concert. “Our family can’t thank Eckrich, Albertsons, Coach Harsin, Randy Houser and Operation Homefront enough. They don’t know how much this means to our family and how it helps us. Everyone has been incredible today and our hearts are filled with joy.”

Sgt. Aaron Woods served nearly seven years in the U.S. Army and achieved numerous accolades during his tenure. Those honors include: the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Koran Defense Service Medal, and Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars. Aaron is currently finishing his degree at Boise State University and will graduate this month. He has already been accepted into a graduate program where he will pursue his Master’s Degree. Aaron and his wife, Jenny, are raising two children – a two-year-old daughter and seven-month-old son.

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