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First Lady and MLB Make World Series Extra Special for Veterans and Their Families
The hometown Cardinals winning the World Series has the entire city buzzing with excitement. All eyes were focused on St. Louis including those of Major League Baseball and the White House.
This year, part of the World Series game one festivities included a visit to the St. Louis VAMC Jefferson Barracks Campus from first lady Michele Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and others. They came together to recognize veterans for their service and to roll out the White House’s Joining Forces program and MLB’s Welcome Back Veterans initiative.
Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden both thanked Selig and baseball’s owners for their support and for dedicating game one of the World Series to America’s veterans and their families.
Later, addressing nearly 100 veterans and family members, Mrs. Obama talked about what their service and sacrifices mean to all Americans.
“When a military member joins the service, so do their families,” explained the first lady. “We have a duty to honor and support military families. You should feel like you have the support of the entire country every single day.”
When the speeches were over, St. Louis VAMC Director RimaAnn Nelson watched with pride as Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden went around the room speaking individually to each veteran and family member.
“It means everything to our veterans to feel the support of the nation’s leaders and Major League Baseball, said Nelson. “We are all proud to honor them for their service.”
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