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Heading Home Canvas Presented to Ft. Bragg on behalf of Staff Sergeant Rashe Ryan Hall

FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (September 15, 2007) - On September 15, 2007 Staff Sergeant Rashe Ryan Hall was honored for his heroic service to our nation at the Thomas Kinkade Heading Home Touring Event held at the Fort Bragg North Post Exchange.  SSG Hall was presented with a limited edition canvas, titled Heading Home, which was personalized by artist Thomas Kinkade, to recognize all troops serving at Fort Bragg. 
Since enlisting in the Army in April of 2000 Staff Sergeant Rashe Ryan Hall has proved to be a true leader.  As a result of his bravery and dedication, SSG Hall received the Bronze Star for his contributions and efforts during his deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan.  In August of 2006, SSG Hall and his platoon were ambushed by 20 enemy combatives during a clearance mission.  Of the 17 patrol soldiers, 9 soldiers including SSG Hall were wounded.  The blast caused severe shrapnel wounds and burns to his face and neck and caused the loss of functionality of his right arm.  Despite his injuries and after putting out the flames on his clothing, SSG Hall not only returned fire, but charged toward the ambush in order to get his soldiers out of the kill zone.  For these actions, SSG Hall was awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star. 
 
"I am very proud of our men and women in uniform," says Thomas Kinkade. "These folks are defenders of all that we hold dear in our country: faith, home, and freedom. I also feel great pride for the families of those who serve. Everyone looks forward to the day when those in uniform have completed their duty and are heading home stated Thomas Kinkade via a recorded message that was shown during the event.
The presentation ceremony included a personalized recorded video message from Thomas Kinkade, "The Painter of Light™," as well as a special presentation by Brigadier General Arthur M. Bartell, Deputy Commanding General of the XVIII (18th) Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg.  The canvas was presented to Fort Bragg on behalf of SSG Rashe Hall, who just recently returned to Fort Bragg after being treated for his injuries at Brook Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, and will be prominently displayed at the Soldier & Family Assistance Center located in the Soldier Support Center. The Mission of the facility provides assistance and support to wounded soldiers.
 
The presentation was part of The Thomas Kinkade Heading Home Tour which began in June of 2006.  The presentation at the Ft. Bragg Main Store was the 11th of its kind, and the second for Fort Bragg, since the tour began honoring our troops, throughout the country and around the world. The first Fort Bragg event was held on December 2, 2006 and honored Master Sergeant Ruby A. Murray for her accomplishments and contributions to the Fort Bragg Womack Army Medical Center's Postpartum Physical Training Program. Upcoming exhibits include Camp Foster Theater in Okinawa, Japan.  To read about all of the extraordinary troops who have been recognized during this tour and for upcoming tour dates, please visit www.HeadingHomeTour.com.
Thomas Kinkade is America's most-collected living artist, a painter-communicator whose tranquil, light-infused paintings bring hope and joy to millions each year.  A devoted husband and father of four daughters, Kinkade grew up in the small town of Placerville, California where his traditional values were instilled.  For more information, please visit www.thomaskinkade.com.
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