Sunday, March 29, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Wounded warriors, caregivers feted at Six Flags

wounded warriors_six flags 7_3_14

Wounded military service members, from left to right, Mark Mix, Estevan Rojas and Nicholas Morgan put their hands over their hearts during the national anthem, Thursday, at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo. Five military families got a day of special treatment at the park as part of Operation Homefront. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic)

By
From page A3 | July 04, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — Six Flags Discovery Kingdom kicked off its Fourth of July festivities on Thursday, honoring five men who were injured while serving their country. Their caregivers were also feted.

The theme park partnered with Operation Homefront, a national nonprofit dedicated to assisting military families experiencing hardship, to honor the men and their families.

Operation Homefront works with the soldier. Hearts of Valor, one of its programs, assists the family members providing care to the injured soldier.

“Today is Salute to Heroes Day,” park president Don McCoy said. “We recognize not only our heroes, but the family members who care for them. They carry a heavy load.”

Cecelia Mix of Patterson is the primary caregiver to her husband, Navy Petty Officer Mark Mix, who was hit by a mortar blast almost 10 years in Iraq. The exact date is tattooed on his neck.

He spent 18 months in hospitals after the incident.

“I didn’t really have any support until we met,” Mix said of his wife. “I denied everything (that had happened.”)

The couple, married three years, has seven children between them. Three teen sons live at home and also help with Mark Mix’s care.

Mark Mix deals with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. Cecilia Mix spends much of her time staying close to him, hoping to prevent triggers such as certain noises and smells.

“It doesn’t end at night,” she said. “There are nightmares. I have to be on (duty) 24/7.”

Mark Mix saw the Six Flags event as a way to spend time with his family.

His wife was looking forward to a day outside the house. At the same time, she said she’d have to be tuned into what was going on around them.

“No strangers one can walk behind him,” she said, noting that it makes him feel very uncomfortable.

U.S. Army Specialist Nicholas Morgan traveled from Rocklin with his wife Rebecca Morgan and their 10-year-old daughter Angelina Morgan.

He was injured during a blast five years ago in Afghanistan.

“I don’t have a lot of emotion after being in combat,” he said.

The event meant a lot to him, he said.

Morgan said he is 90 percent disabled and is attending school studying computer forensics. He also works at the All American Speedway in Roseville as a NASCAR technician.

Col. David Mott, commander of the 60th Operations Group at Travis Air Force Base, was among the contingent that honored the men and their families.

“It seems the toll of our conflict is leaving its mark across the military,” he said. “With each opportunity we have, military and civilians, should show support for their sacrifices.

“This is a great opportunity to tell them while they are off the battlefield and off the seas, we haven’t forgotten about them.”

Other Operation Homefront participants were Private Estevan Rojas of the United States Marine Corps with his wife, Maria and their three children; Sgt. Fernando Rivera, also a Marine, his wife Fatima Brenda and their three children; and Sgt. Matt Pettet from the Utah Army National Guard, his wife Kristin and their four children. Rojas and Rivera live in California.

The park also presented Kari McClellan of Operation Homefront with a $5,000 donation. All 11 Six Flags across the country were doing the same, McCoy said.

“The money goes to help families like these,” McClellan said.

There are more than 1 million soldiers, post-Sept. 11, 2001, who are receiving help, most of them from family. Of those family members doing the caregiving, 90 percent are women, she said.

“As a county, we need to take care of them also,” she said.

The families were treated to a day in the park, complete with season passes and easy access to rides.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.
LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

Vanden High library project nears completion

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Vanden girls end stellar season

By Brian Arnold | From Page: C1, 1 Comment | Gallery

Cheers for Jupiter – and roller derby

By Brad Stanhope | From Page: A2, 2 Comments

 
Red Cross volunteers help assemble first aid kits

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A3 | Gallery

PG&E helps replace stolen equipment

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A3

 
Justin-Siena names new principal

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A3

 
Vacaville police make arrest after pursuit

By Bill Hicks | From Page: A3, 3 Comments | Gallery

Vacaville bridal, quinceanera show a hit

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A5

 
Event benefits child who attends Cambridge School

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Free paper shredding option returns to Fairfield

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A5 | Gallery

 
Best barometer of investment success: Wealth

By Mark Sievers | From Page: B8

 
Tips on hydrozoning your garden

By Tina Saravia | From Page: B8, 2 Comments

 
Fairfield police log: March 27, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12, 2 Comments

 
Suisun City police log: March 27, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

.

US / World

Crash victim’s father calls for more focus on pilot welfare

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Experts: Sex bias case will embolden women despite verdict

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

 
Popular Yosemite National Park lookout opens early in season

By The Associated Press | From Page: A9

 
Some British Airways frequent flier accounts miles breached

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

7 shot and injured at Florida spring break house party

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
Boko Haram kills 39, legislator, disrupting Nigeria election

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Official: Al-Shabab siege at Somali hotel ends, 24 dead

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

 
 
Bird flu found in a top Minnesota turkey producing county

By The Associated Press | From Page: A11

Islamic fighters led by al-Qaida in Syria seize major city

By The Associated Press | From Page: A13

 
.

Living

Today in History: March 29, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Community Calendar: March 29, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

Pope finds popularity and dissent at 2-year mark

By The Associated Press | From Page: C3

 
Truth does not change

By The Rev. Art Zacher | From Page: C3, 23 Comments

Horoscopes: March 29, 2015

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: B8

 
Daughter choses stepdad over father to walk her down the aisle

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: B8

.

Entertainment

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST-SELLERS

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
Second Julie Andrews memoir expected in 2017

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

Chrissie Hynde memoir coming in September

By The Associated Press | From Page: A10

 
TVGrid

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B12

.

Sports

 
Warriors beat Bucks 108-95, clinch top seed in West

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Wisconsin heads to Final Four after 85-78 win over Arizona

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Burns scores winner in SO to lift Sharks past Flyers, 3-2

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Jenest pitches SCC baseball team to shutout of Contra Costa

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B2

AP sources: Texas fires coach Barnes after 17 years

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Kazmir, Quintana both strong; A’s beat White Sox 10-4

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Zunino homers twice, but Giants rally to edge Mariners 9-8

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Gordon, Earnhardt among the winners and fans of Martinsville

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Prince Bishop wins Dubai World Cup, California Chrome 2nd

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Serena Williams easily wins opening match at Miami Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Power leads Penske sweep in qualifying for IndyCar opener

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Revolution win first of season, beating Earthquakes 2-1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Jimmy Walker leads hometown Texas Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
.

Business

A glance at women in leadership roles in business worldwide

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

 
For business, more women in charge means bigger profits

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

US drillers scrambling to thwart OPEC threat

By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

 
Test trial to use computer servers to heat homes

By The Associated Press | From Page: B14

.

Obituaries

Betty Mason

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Tiffany Lyn (Helzer) Kemp

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Richard F. Coleman

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
James Lee Lewis

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

Helen Kalis

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Carol A. Vose

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

.

Comics