Batter up! Please join AARP Oklahoma as we honor our local military and veterans at the Tulsa Drillers’ July 5 baseball game. Veteran and
Military Appreciation Night will be held at OneOK Field, 201 N Elgin Ave., Tulsa. All veterans and military personnel receive two free field reserved game tickets with presentation of a military ID at the Drillers’ box office. A free fireworks show will be held after the game concludes.
The Drillers will face the Midland RockHounds with a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. Gates open at 6:05 p.m.
AARP Oklahoma will host a free baseball-themed photo booth, as well as an information table with a variety of giveaways. AARP will also offer educational resources related to caregiving, fraud prevention and more. In conjunction with the Veterans and Military Appreciation Night, AARP is also giving away a free Yeti cooler. To register to win, please visit https://aarp.cvent.com/TulsaDrillers2018 or call 877-926-8300. Attendance to the Drillers game is not required for winner eligibility.
The first pitch of the game will be delivered by Claremore resident, Legrand Strickland, an 82nd Airborne Division Army veteran. In 2010, Strickland was stationed in Afghanistan when his vehicle sustained a direct hit from an IED. Strickland suffered bilateral above-knee amputations and traumatic brain injury in during the strike.
Other special featured activities during the game include the presentation of colors by the Skiatook VFW Honor Guard. The Skiatook VFW Honor Guard travels to military/veteran funerals throughout Oklahoma and neighboring states to perform graveside rifle salutes and flag presentations to families.
To register, please visit https://aarp.cvent.com/TulsaDrillers2018 or call 877-926-8300.
“Our brave veterans and servicemen and women are especially close to my heart because of my brother-in-law’s service to our country as a Vietnam veteran,” said Joe Ann Vermillion, AARP Oklahoma volunteer state president. “AARP Oklahoma strongly values the freedom and rights secured by our veterans, the military and their families. With more than 68,000 veteran members across the state, AARP is proud to support our veterans and their families locally and nationwide through our work, values, advocacy and benefits. Our military and veterans have done so much to serve us, and the service and sacrifice will never be forgotten. This is just one way we can show our appreciation in return.”
To learn more about AARP’s veteran and military outreach and resources, please visit www.aarp.org/veterans.