G.I. Joe Stars Invade S.D. to Honor Hometown Hero

By H. Hughes
|  Thursday, Aug 6, 2009  |  Updated 11:00 AM PDT
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A sailor's son wrote a letter that inspired the stars in a new feature film.

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"G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" hits theaters Friday, but the stars of the movie arrived in San Diego Wednesday to hundreds of screaming fans. But, the screening wasn't all about the stars, a Navy sailor and his family were the guests of honor.

Jose Velazquez was being honored as the hometown hero thanks to a letter his son wrote about what his dad's been through. Velazquez spent nine years in the Navy and in 2002 he suffered serious burns in a helicopter crash. After he recovered, he returned to Iraq to continue serving. 

Wednesday night at the screening he was presented with a flag and the stars of the movie thanked him for his service.

"We did a movie making believe, but when you're around soldiers you get real humble," said actor Marlon Wayans. "You guys are the true real American heroes."

"I know everybody's here to support the military, and I greatly appreciate that," said Velazquez. "So when you see us out there, just say hi, let us know you appreciate us because we appreciate your support."

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