Top Minor League Pitcher Visits Hospitalized Veterans

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Monday, 20 May 2002

Top rated New York Yankees farm team pitcher Jason Arnold will be going to bat for veterans Saturday, May 25, 2002, when he visits sick and disabled veterans at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa, Fla., as part of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Celebrity Entertainment Program.

During his scheduled visit 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Arnold will be 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, 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. Arnold pitched the first no-hitter in the history of the Staten Island Yankees. He was one pitch away from being "Perfect." In that game Arnold struck out 15 and retired the last 20 batters he faced to put his name in the record books.

The visit by Arnold to the James A. Haley VA Medical Center, 13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., will be his second 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. These celebrities generously donate their time to remember the men and women who sacrificed greatly in defense of liberty.

"We are proud to have Jason as part of our DAV Celebrity Entertainment Program," said DAV National Commander George H. Steese, Jr. "I know that his latest 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 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, or to contact Disabled American Veterans (DAV), see their website at: www.dav.org

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