Honoring America’s Heroes at America’s Pastime

Last night, at the 84th Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game, the First Lady and Dr. Biden introduced a special group of America’s heroes. MLB and PEOPLE Magazine, through their “Tribute for Heroes” campaign, assembled a list of 90 incredible veterans that were then voted on by the American public. The list was refined to 30 whose stories were chosen to garner the national spotlight. Represented in the 30 are men and women from the four branches of service; they include wounded warriors, Paralympic record-holders, and Navajo code talkers, with compelling narratives of service from WWII to Afghanistan.

The All-Star weekend provided VIP treatment to each of the honorees: guided tours of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, admission to both the All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby, and a reception aboard the USS Intrepid. In the video airing at the All-Star game, the First Lady and Dr. Biden encouraged fans to find ways to give back to those who have given so much. As Dr. Biden stated, “It’s our turn to step up and serve them as well as they have served our country.”

Colonel Rich Morales is Executive Director of Joining Forces

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