Tuskegee Airman Theodore Lumpkin is honored before a Dodgers game that celebrated Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball. Photo by Jill Weisleder/LA DodgersHall of Fame Manager and Army veteran Tommy Lasorda extends offer to the armed forces and thanks them for their service.
LOS ANGELES – Tommy Lasorda, a Hall of Fame Manager and Special Advisor to Chairman Frank McCourt, announced that he has offered free tickets at Dodger Stadium to all military members during the month of May. Lasorda, who is an Army veteran, wishes to salute members of the armed forces and thank them for their service to the United States of America.
All members of the joint services with a valid military ID, including active, reserve and retired veterans as well as their dependents, may take advantage of this offer by showing their military ID at any Dodger Stadium ticket booth day of game. Each military ID will be good for two complimentary tickets, based on availability, and more details are listed at <http://www.dodgers.com/military> . ?
During the month of April, the Dodgers continued to offer a savings of more than 75% off ticket prices to all military personnel and their families. The Dodgers’ discounted military ticket program allows members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard to purchase $110 Infield Box tickets on the Field level for $25. The team also offers members of the joint services with a valid military ID $60 Preferred Field Box seats for $20, $20 Left Field Pavilion tickets for $10 and $15 Top Deck seats for $7. Military spouses and dependents are included in the Dodgers’ military discount program and each armed services member can purchase up to eight tickets per game.
The Dodgers honor a Veteran of the Game at every home game by treating them to Field level tickets and a batting practice experience and recognizing them on the field during pregame ceremonies. This season’s honorees so far have included a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, a Navy Seabee Combat War Specialist, a Military Police Officer serving in the “Honor Guard” protecting the President of the United States and tonight’s honoree, a third generation combat veteran who is currently in his 17th year of military service and who recently returned from Iraq. Tonight’s Veteran of the Game will also throw out a ceremonial first pitch.
The Dodgers’ initiated their Veteran of the Game program on Veteran’s Day last year at a military batting practice at Dodger Stadium with special guests Lasorda, Special Advisor to the Chairman Don Newcombe (1952-53 Army veteran), General Manager Ned Colletti, award-winning broadcaster Charley Steiner and former Dodgers Roy Gleason (1967 Army veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Medal of Valor for heroism during the Vietnam War), Steve Yeager, Kenny Landreaux and Bobby Castillo. Earlier that day, Dodger Hall of Fame Broadcaster Vin Scully and Lasorda visited the Department of Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.
For the past 12 years, the Dodgers have donated 10 season tickets to a group of military veterans called the California Paralyzed Veterans Association that is based in Long Beach and serves the community of paralyzed veterans by assuring that they have a lifestyle similar to that of an average American citizen.
In April, a contingent of Dodgers including Manager Don Mattingly visited the United States Special Warfare Training Center in San Diego, where the U.S. Navy Seals are trained, for the second season in a row. The team typically visits Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C. each year and also hosts several veterans from SoldierCare, an organization dedicated to supporting and mentoring young wounded veterans, at a home game each season. The group meets with players on the field during batting practice, throws out a ceremonial first pitch and enjoys the game from a catered suite courtesy of the Dodgers.
During the 2010 season, the Dodgers donated approximately 5,000 tickets to the armed services, to groups including the California Department of Veteran Affairs, United States Navy Port Hueneme and Los Angeles Air Force Base. Twenty-five children from the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos attended the Dodgers’ annual Children’s Holiday Party last December. The children each have a parent in the 1-140 Aviation Battalion, which is currently deployed in Iraq.
Lasorda has visited more than 40 military bases around the world, including a five-country goodwill tour in 2009 with Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, through the Middle East. General Kevin Chilton, Commander, U.S. Strategic Command, threw out the ceremonial first pitch as a part of Lasorda’s birthday celebration last season and Admiral Mullen threw out a ceremonial first pitch in 2009 and enjoyed the game as Lasorda’s guest.
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