Dodgers host Military Appreciation Night on Tuesday

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U.S. Army soldiers from Bravo Company 640th Aviation Safety Battalion of Los Alamitos stationed in Camp Buehring, Kuwait will give messages on DodgerVision on Tuesday.

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 8.06.42 PMBy Cary Osborne

The Dodgers pay tribute to a military hero at every home game with on-field recognition of a special serviceman or servicewoman. On Tuesday, they will pay tribute to all of our military heroes and their supporters at Dodger Stadium.

That night, the Dodgers will host Military Appreciation Night. A special ticket package for the 7:10 p.m. game against the Reds is available for active and retired military members and all supporters of our troops with individual tickets starting as low as $15. The package includes a ticket to the game and a Military Appreciation Night T-Shirt. To purchase tickets, visit dodgers.com/armedforces.

Beyond the package, the gratitude will continue with numerous military tie-ins. The Dodgers will show a video on DodgerVision of U.S. Army soldiers from Bravo Company 640th Aviation Safety Battalion of Los Alamitos who are currently stationed in Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

Tuesday’s Military Hero of the Game will be U.S. Army Sergeant Combat Medic José G. Ramos of Whittier. In April, Ramos hosted his 15th and final Welcome Home Veterans Day event. Ramos launched a grassroots campaign to give Vietnam veterans an annual honorable welcome home and in 2002 started the first event in Whittier. In 2009, then Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill giving statewide recognition to the day.

Ramos will also throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

U.S. Army Specialist Maurice Alpharicio will perform the National Anthem.

The Dodgers will also give on-field recognition to more than 30 veterans who have benefited from USC’s School of Social Work’s new scholarship effort for veterans. Salute4Vets scholarships provide education at no cost to veterans who pursue a master of social work with a military social work option, helping returning service members and their families cope with challenges they face when transitioning back to civilian life.

Also, the themed hot dog at Extreme Loaded Dog concession areas on the field, loge and reserve levels will be the quarter-pound Freedom Dog, which is topped with ketchup, horseradish and purple shoestring potatoes.

The Dodgers will be on the road in Chicago for Monday’s Memorial Day. However, this Tuesday is sure to be memorable for all of those who have served or supported the nation’s military.

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