Notre Dame honors Wounded Warrior veterans during Navy game

SOUTH BEND, Ind (WNDU) - There were a lot of special guest at the Notre Dame-Navy game Saturday. We even got a glimpse of Jon Bon Jovi at the stadium.

Perhaps the most special guests were a group of Wounded Warrior veterans who were recognized at the end of the first quarter.

During a week that we celebrate our veterans, Notre Dame decided to do the same for more than 80 veterans with the Wounded Warrior Project.

At first, Wounded Warrior planned on buying tickets for roughly 50 veterans before the university stepped in.

Notre Dame donated the tickets, then honored the vets between the first and second quarters.

A handful of the vets cheered for the Midshipmen after serving in the Navy, but for the most part, they were fans of the Irish.

"This is a bucket list come true. This is truly amazing, a blessing to be here at a Notre Dame game. I've been a Notre Dame fan my whole life, and to finally have the opportunity to be at a game and actually on the field is amazing," veteran Jeff Sikes said.

"Besides going overseas and fighting for my country this is -- well, I love my kids and my wife, but this is probably the best thing in my life," veteran Aaron Hooten said.