Texans' Cushing donates video games for vets at VA Hospital

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016
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Texans player Brian Cushing gives veterans game consoles, Mayra Moreno reports.

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Local veterans are getting a boost at the VA hospital while they wait for treatment. They will have a list of items to play with thanks to Houston Texans player Brian Cushing, whose dad served in the military.

He's no stranger to giving back to our local vets and on Wednesday unveiled a brand new program at the Michael E. DeBakey Medical Center. It's called Cushing's Corner. He donated two mobile lockers filled with the hottest electronic items.

"Well we have IPad Mini, Nintendo DS," said Jemarques Handy.

The program will also have portable DVD players, movies and two big screen televisions.

"We are very appreciative for him bringing these great devices for the guys," said Handy.

Handy has been working in the spinal cord injury unit for more than 10 years. He's excited about giving the vets and their family's something fun to do while getting the treatment they need.

"When you're in chemo or you're in spinal cord and sitting around it's easy to get bored it's easy to get depressed and so having something that is interesting to you and that is enjoyable and can pass the time is vital to their improvement and health," said Alan Perkins, a volunteer veteran at the medical center.

The vets who work here and volunteer their time are grateful to have Cushing in their corner.

"For Brian Cushing to come out and take the time to come here and donate money it's Texans strong right there," said Mark Copeland, an Army vet.

In all, Cushing donated $15,000 worth of electronic equipment.