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VFW HONORS AMERICA'S RETURNING VETERANS IN BUDWEISER SUPER BOWL AD

Touching commercial features one hero's return from Afghanistan.

Lt. Chuck Nadd knew his girlfriend would be there to greet him at the airport. But he didn’t expect VFW Post 2093, the entire town of Winter Park, Fla., and the Budweiser Clydesdales to turn out for a true hero’s welcome.

Lt. Nadd’s return from Afghanistan was featured in one of the most popular Super Bowl commercials of the 2014 game. The VFW was instrumental in helping to coordinate the symbolic homecoming meant to honor veterans of all generations who sacrifice for our country.

“It’s a wonderful thing to do,” said VFW Adjutant General John E. Hamilton. “We know America cares, and we want every community to step up and recognize these men and women when they return.

“It doesn’t have to be a big parade like this. A simple thank you goes a long way.”

VFW Assistant Adjutant General Jerry Newberry said welcoming our heroes home with appreciation and thanks is “the most important thing we can be doing right now.

“I applaud Budweiser for doing this and helping spread the word,” he continued.

The spot has clocked more than 7.5 million views on YouTube and went viral within seconds of airing. It’s the first of a yearlong social media campaign Budweiser has launched to honor America’s military using the hashtag #SaluteAHero. 

In addition to the commercial, which aired during the Super Bowl, check out the special behind-the-scenes video below to see exactly how the VFW and the Winter Park community came together to welcome home a true American hero.

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