Couple pays it forward

An Anchorage couple is collecting Christmas presents for wounded soldiers and their families attached to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Rich and Tonya Watson say the holidays can be particularly difficult for injured military personnel – and they should know.

The Anchorage Daily News says Rich Watson was seriously wounded in Iraq in 2007 when a grenade launcher blew up behind him. He spent a lot of time at the Seattle Veterans Administration Hospital, and it looked like his family – and his three children – would miss out on Christmas until a law firm stepped in to help.

Watson says he never forgot that kindness.

Now he and his wife have formed the nonprofit Christmas for Heroes to “pay it forward.”