40 Wounded Soldiers Spend Memorial Day In Vegas On The House

LAS VEGAS (AP) - All too familiar with the gambles of war, Jimmy
Kinsey, Kyle Riley and a few dozen fellow soldiers landed in the desert. But for these guys this Memorial Day, the most at stake is
a few bucks.

The soldiers-turned-high rollers took a private jet to Las Vegas this weekend for an all-expenses-paid getaway with all the perks normally saved for casinos' richest regulars.

They were greeted at the airport by Wayne Newton, chilled backstage with the guys from Blue Man Group and hobnobbed with Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino mogul who runs Las Vegas Sands Corp. and paid for the trip.

The trip was organized by the Armed Forces Foundation and brought 40 wounded soldiers from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center to the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-05-25-08 1852EDT

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