Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Crowd Pitches in for Vets ; 'Folds of Hope' Eases Survivors' Journey HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS A WEEKLY PHOTOGRAPHIC REPORT

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Crowd Pitches in for Vets ; 'Folds of Hope' Eases Survivors' Journey HIGHWAYS AND BYWAYS A WEEKLY PHOTOGRAPHIC REPORT

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It was a great night for baseball at Bosse Field on Wednesday night as the Evansville Otters took on the Traverse City Beach Bums. The weather was pleasant for late July, the Otters ended a losing streak and they set an attendance record with an announced crowd of 8,253. It was also Veteran Appreciation and Budweiser Folds of Honor night.

John Green of Working Distributors was one of the volunteers collecting money for Folds of Honor Foundation. His Tshirt, and those of others doing the same throughout the night, carried the statement "Proud to serve those who serve."

"That message on the Tshirts says it all," Green said. "It's all about the veterans and their families."

Green and other volunteers walked through the crowd with buckets collecting donations and giving out small American flags.

"I know that I've done this for at least a couple of years as Working does this with Anheuser-Busch and Budweiser. Bud has been onboard with Folds of Honor since early on. And we do different things throughout the year," Green said.

"Sometimes a donation is given per cases of Budweiser sold. At the Otters game $1 dollar was donated for every can of Bud that was sold, and Working matched the money raised so we were able to donate over $5,700 to the foundation."

According to its website, www.foldsofhonor.org, the foundation was started by Maj. Dan Rooney, an F-16 fighter pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard. As he was returning home from his second tour of duty in Iraq, the pilot of the plane announced as his flight touched down that the plane was carrying the remains of a soldier killed in Iraq. He asked - out of respect for his heroism and family - all passengers to remain seated while his casket was carried off.

Rooney watched the flag-covered casket exit the plane. He watched as the soldier's twin brother, who had accompanied his fallen brother home, walk somberly among the procession to meet his family. …

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