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Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Giants WR Domenik Hixon helping veterans

By Lynn Hoppes

Domenik Hixon
New York Giants receiver Domenik Hixon met some military veterans on Tuesday.
New York Giants wide receiver Domenik Hixon, whose father retired after 21 years of service in the Army, spent Tuesday afternoon in Lyons, N.J., helping MetLife announce new, affordable housing and social services for veterans.

"I know the struggles that veterans go through when getting out of the military," said Hixon, who returned this fall to the Giants after two knee surgeries. "And family, to me, is my whole world. It means a lot to be part of this program."

Hixon was there greeting veterans for the announcement of the two-year, $40.5 million partnership between MetLife, MetLife Foundation, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the National Equity Fund. Nearly 1 in 5 military veterans is homeless.

Hixon's family never was homeless but struggled in its new life in Ohio after Hixon's dad, who was a master sergeant, left the military.

Hixon also had to deal with his mother fighting breast cancer. She now is in recovery.

"Through all this, I feel super blessed," said Hixon, who has 22 receptions for about 350 yards. "With my mom fighting cancer and me having these two knee surgeries, all that gave me motivation to come back -- and to give back."