|Wounded Warriors will take on first responders team led by Aliso Viejo sergeant
A travel team of amputee war veterans will showcase their ability to rise above any challenges when they hit the softball field in Mission Viejo on March 9. The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team travels the country taking on able-bodied challengers to show how injured war veterans can return to normal life.
The team will face off at 1 p.m. with the Orange County Veterans & First Responders at Mission Viejo's Youth Athletic park located at 22056 Olympiad Road. Sergeant Jack Songer of Aliso Viejo Police Services (a former United States Marine) will coach the Orange County Veterans & First Responders team. The second game, a three-inning celebrity exhibition game, follows at 3:30 p.m.
Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $25 and include a barbecue meal and raffle ticket for dozens of items. Youth 17 and under pay $10; and kids 5 and under get in free. Active-duty military and veterans receive a $5 discount.
The games will raise money and awareness for the medical, financial and personal needs of military veterans and promote research and development for prostheses. Last year's event raised $25,000 for the Wounded Warrior Amputees Softball Team.
Tickets for the softball game are available at http://redwhiteandbluewarriors.eventbrite.com.