Nearly 50 disabled military veterans will attend a special U.S. Armed Forces tribute by the Buffalo Bisons tonight at Coca-Cola Field.
Mash Urgent Care, a facility for treating non-lethal injuries and illnesses, will transport the veterans and their chaperones to the stadium for tonight’s tribute.
“What we wanted to do was make sure that we had veterans who normally wouldn’t get out much and wouldn’t normally have the chance to get to the game because they don’t have the transportation,” said Liz Kahn, a spokeswoman for Mash Urgent Care,
Mash Urgent Care also is covering the costs of their tickets to the game,
Kahn said Mash Urgent Care also received assistance from the Veterans Services Agency of Erie County, which, along with the Veterans One-Stop Center of Western New York, helped to identify local disabled veterans to attend the tribute.
“They connected us with local nursing homes that they work with who have disabled veterans as residents. They also helped identify the populations that we knew would really appreciate this type of service,” Kahn said.
Erie County Executive M. Poloncarz is scheduled to attend a ceremony preceding the game. Also expected to attend are officials from Mash Urgent Care and the Bisons CEO John Dandes.
Three local veterans will be invited to participate in the ceremony on the field. They are John Tenant, a World War II and Korean War Army veteran; Noah Randolph, an Army veteran of the Korean War; and Gary Eckel an eight-year veteran of the Marines.