Military Veterans given VIP treatment at Six Flags - CBS46 News

Military Veterans given VIP treatment at Six Flags

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AUSTELL, GA (CBS46) -

There may not be a better way for amusement park enthusiasts to spend the day than hitting the rides at Six Flags Over Georgia.

"It was a great ride. I am shaking," said Cheryl Gansner.

"It was an intense ride. I had a good time," said Bryan Gansner.

The Gansners had that opportunity Thursday because of Six Flags and Operation Homefront, a not-for-profit organization that supports military personnel and their families. The two hooked up to honor some hometown heroes.

"We have five Hearts of Valor families. They are families of wounded warriors and their caregivers and they are going to have VIP tours of the park and get treated extra special," said Simone Hoover.

"They are going to be able to go behind the areas that the public wouldn't be able to go to, get off the exits of the line and not make them wait in line. They put their lives on the line for us every day and it is just one small step, a token of our appreciation," said Gene Petriello, with Six Flags Over Georgia.

Bryan Gansner suffers from post traumatic stress disorder after serving in the U.S. Army. Avoiding large crowds allows him to enjoy the rides, something he might not normally be able to do.

"You don't want to have people behind you. You don't want to be surrounded at all, let alone trapped in a corral. Usually the lines move pretty fast, but just that little bit of time makes it very much unenjoyable," Bryan Gansner said.

"It gets me emotional every time. People say thank you or we appreciate your service and as a caregiver, they thank me, too. It is just amazing and it really feels good to have the support," Cheryl Gansner said.

Six Flags also donated $5,000 to Operation Homefront.

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