AUSTIN (KXAN) - In this Austin Salutes, former Dallas Cowboy Emmitt Smith visited Fort Hood to thank men and women serving our country, and to make a donation.
Smith visited Fort Hood's Fisher House to make a donation Saturday and had a message for those serving in the military who have returned home.
"The only thing I would say to all the troops is welcome home, number one number two, thank you for all of your service. All the things that you have done in terms of protecting not only us at the house, but also those that you don't know abroad, and risking, I would say everything, everything for that way of life. So thank you very much for your service and welcome, welcome home," said Smith.
Fisher House provides temporary lodging to military families while a loved one is in the hospital receiving treatment. Smith said being on the base meant a lot to him, especially since he has cousins serving in the military.
"Just being here on the base and understanding what the base is all about and the people and what they're here for and doing to protect our way of life, it means a lot," Smith said.
This was Smith's first visit to Fort Hood.
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Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.
Freezing drizzle causing dangerous conditions on roadways overnight.