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Louisville Bats Players to Visit Hospitalized Veterans


LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 9 -- Top rated players for the Louisville Bats will be playing to the crowd Tuesday, May 10, 2005, when they visit sick and disabled veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Louisville, Ky., as part of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Celebrity Entertainment Program.

During their scheduled visit beginning at 11 a.m., Bats players will be signing autographs, presenting patients with souvenirs provided by the DAV, and helping brighten the day for sick and disabled veterans.

The Bats, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, April 12 hosted a special DAV Day at the Ballpark game which was attended by hundreds of disabled veterans and their guests from the VA medical center.

The visit by the Bats players to the Louisville VA Medical Center, 800 Zorn Ave., will be their first under the DAV Celebrity Entertainment Program. They join the Albuquerque Isotopes, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers pitcher Mike Maroth, Major League Baseball Umpires Larry Barnett and Jerry Layne, and others participating in the program. These celebrities generously donate their time to remember the men and women who sacrificed greatly in defense of liberty.

“We are proud that the Bats have become a valued supporter of our Celebrity Entertainment Program,” said DAV National Commander James E. Sursely. “I know that the Bats players’ visit to the VA medical center will give them a great deal of joy to support the men and women being treated there. Many of these wonderful veterans rarely get visitors. They have sacrificed a great deal to defend our nation’s liberty, and they should get the respect and care they deserve.”

The 1.2 million-member Disabled American Veterans, a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932, represents this nation’s disabled veterans. It is dedicated to a single purpose: building better lives for our nation’s disabled veterans and their families. For more information, visit the organization’s Web site


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