Top Minor League Pitcher Visits Hospitalized Veterans

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Monday, 20 May 2002

Top rated Kansas City Royals farm team pitcher Matt Skrmetta will be going to bat for veterans Thursday, May 30, 2002, when he visits sick and disabled veterans at the Omaha VA Medical Center in Omaha, Neb., as part of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Celebrity Entertainment Program.

Skrmetta begins his hospital visit at 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., signing autographs, presenting patients with souvenirs, and helping brighten the day for sick and disabled veterans. A 6'-3" right-handed pitcher and switch-hitter, Skrmetta is 3-0 with the Omaha Royals, the AAA affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, with one complete game and a 2.95 ERA this season. He has played in the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Montreal Expos. Skrmetta was born in Biloxi, Miss., and currently makes his home in Satellite Beach, Fla.

The visit by Skrmetta to the Omaha VA Medical Center, 4101 Woolworth Avenue, 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. These celebrities generously donate their time to remember the men and women who sacrificed greatly in defense of liberty.

"We are proud to welcome Matt to our DAV Celebrity Entertainment Program," said DAV National Commander George H. Steese, Jr. "I know that his visit to the Omaha 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.

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