Phoenix Suns and Streets of New York to launch "Welcome Home Hero" progam Sunday

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The Phoenix Suns will recognize wounded warrior Army 1st Sargent William Leonard as the Streets of New York "Welcome Home Hero" when the team hosts the New Orleans Pelicans this Sunday, November 10 at US Airways Center. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m., with a special recognition scheduled for the first time out of the first quarter.

Leonard, who lost both of his legs in an IED blast in Southern Helmand Province, Afghanistan in March of 2010, will be spotlighted during a "welcome home" video that includes him and his family receiving keys to a brand new, wheelchair accessible home donated by "Homes for our Troops." "Homes for our Troops" is a national nonprofit organization that builds specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans. The organization will donate the home at no cost to the family during a ceremony on Saturday.

As the Streets of New York "Welcome Home Hero," Leonard and his family will receive four tickets to Sunday's game and a $100 Streets of New York gift card.

The Suns will also honor other military veterans on Sunday through various in-game recognitions, a halftime competition between members of different military branches on the main court, and an American flag covering the court during the National Anthem. In addition, Arizona Coalition for Military Families will be the beneficiary of Sunday's 50/50 raffle.

Military personnel and veterans interested in attending the Suns-Pelicans matchup can receive a special ticket offer by visiting

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