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Falcons honor injured war vets

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Marine Cpl. Todd Love lost his left hand and both legs, but that didn't stop him from fulfilling a dream.

Love didn't flinch when he held the football for Falcon's kicker Matt Bryant, who launched it through the uprights on the Falcon's practice field in Flowery Branch Friday.

"It's cool to be on the field and hold the ball while they kick it. That was pretty cool. I always joked around about holding the ball and here we are. That made my day," said Love.

Watching the Falcons practice also made Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Schlitz's day.

"It's very humbling. The Falcons took time out to let us watch them practice getting ready for Sunday's game," said Schlitz.

The Falcons teamed up with the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation to honor the two Georgia war veterans.

Love was injured after he stepped on an improvised explosive device, better known as an IED, in Afghanistan in October 2010.

"I don't have any memory of it," said Love.

Schlitz was burned over 85 percent of his body after the hummer he was riding in hit an IED in Iraq.

"I lost three of my crew members, my medic, my driver and my gunner. I was thrown from the vehicle on fire," said Schlitz.

Both soldiers beat the odds and survived their injuries and both are being honored with homes.

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation is raising funds to build them homes. Love's will be built in Douglasville and Schlitz's home will be built in Columbus, GA.

"It's going to give me a new sense of independence that I don't have right now," said Schlitz.

In honor of the National Football League's Salute to Service, the Falcons will honor Schlitz and Love in their Sunday game against the Arizona Cardinals. The game starts at 1 p.m., the soldiers will be honored during the third timeout.

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