Top Rated Yankee Minor League Pitcher Visits Hospitalized Veterans

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Tuesday, 26 March 2002

Top rated New York Yankees pitcher Jason Arnold will be going to bat for veterans Thursday, March 28, 2002, when he visits sick and disabled veterans at the Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa, Fla., as part of the Disabled American Veterans Celebrity Entertainment Program.

Mr. Arnold is scheduled to visit disabled veterans from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., signing autographs, presenting patients with souvenirs, and helping brighten the day for sick and disabled veterans. A 2nd round pick (63rd overall) of the 2001 Major League Baseball Player Draft, Mr. Arnold's initial season as a Yankees farmhand yielded a 7-2 record, allowing only 35 hits, while striking out 74 and walking only 15. Mr. Arnold threw the first No-Hitter in the history of the Staten Island Yankees. He was one pitch away from being "Perfect." In that game Mr. Arnold struck out 15 and retired the last 20 batters he faced to put his name in the record books.

The visit by Mr. Arnold to the James A. Haley VA Medical Center, 13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., will be his first as part of the DAV Celebrity Entertainment Program. He joins NASCAR drivers Dale Jarrett and Elliott Sadler, Major League Baseball Umpires Larry Barnett and Jerry Layne, and others participating in the program. They generously donate their time to remember the men and women who sacrificed greatly in defense of liberty.

"We are proud to welcome Jason to our DAV Celebrity Entertainment Program," said DAV National Commander George H. Steese, Jr. "I know that his visit to the Tampa VA medical center will bring a great deal of joy to the men and women veterans 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 Disabled American Veterans is a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. It is dedicated to one, single purpose: building better lives for our nation's 2.3 million disabled veterans and their families.

For more information, or to contact Disabled American Veterans (DAV), see their website at: www.dav.org

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