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Discussion: To those who have helped me help the Wounded Warriors PNW

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Jan. 23, 2014
Big Mike
61 posts
To those who have helped me help the Wounded Warriors PNW
A BIG and heartfelt thank you to all of you is all I can give. Everything everyone sent is being used by the guys. The bats and gloves are a big help!. The monies sent went to buy new softballs and equipment bag for everything. I guy down the road from me donated a small yard tractor so we can FINALLY drag the homemade field. WOOHOO!. We bought new to us bases and a home plate. SO, again THANK YOU so much for your thoughts, prayers and generosity. The Senior Softball community comes thru again.

1Sgt. Michael L Frerichs
US Army (Ret)
Jan. 25, 2014
outfielder
Men's 65
59 posts
Big Mike, we all thank you for what you do for the Wounded warriors, if only there were more people like you in this country
Jan. 25, 2014
Big Mike
61 posts
Doug, believe me it's an honor to help these young men and women to get back to some kind of normalcy in their lives. Just yesterday a young Sgt came up and really put in perspective for me. He said when he's out there on the diamond, all his worries kind of melt away and he doesn't think about what has happened or whats ahead for him. We have a therapist who comes and watches these guys play and hang out. It gives him some kind of opening for him to talk to these guys. They joke around and stuff, but when it comes to talking about what they are going thru, They clam up. Happened to me when I came home from Nam, and all the other places where I had to go in to battle mode. I see the faces when I go to bed and when I wake up. These guys are going thru the same thing. Help's to talk to someone who has gone thru it and came out the other side.
I only wish people weren't hap-hazzard when it comes to these guys. We have a big battle almost weekly with the VA about letting these guys play. No money, no equipment except for what my wife have bought and what was donated. It's sad. If people could only see their faces when a new bat or glove shows up. Or new balls are thrown out for them to play with. These are battle hardened warriors in every sense of the word, but when they get new stuff, they become that kind playing sandlot baseball again.
Honestly, I don't know how much longer I can support them by myself. Retired Military doesn't pay much and it's getting worse every year. But we will carry on. I will spend my last dollar to see these guys happy. So when you kneel down to pray tonight, thank the Lord for another day in this free country and thank a Vet for keeping you safe.
1Sgt. Michael Frerichs
US Army (Ret)
101st Airborne Ranger
God Bless you and God Bless America.
Jan. 26, 2014
Ho
199 posts
Mike and others:

You may be interested to know the SYLVANIA, OHIO SENIOR SOFTBALL ORGANIZATION will be hosting the NATIONAL WOUNDED WARRIORS SOFTBALL TEAM May 31 at the NED SKELDON Stadium at MAUMEE, Ohio.

The WOUNDED WARRIORS TEAM will be playing three games against the (1. METRO POLICE/FIREFIGHTERS TEAM; (2. SYLVANIA PACESETTER PARK/ALLSHRED SENIOR SOFTBALL TRAVEL TEAM and (3. LOCAL CELEBS and former DETROIT TIGER players.

The all-day event will have additional entertainment and activities before, between and after the games. Admission is free, however donations are greatly appreciated.

For more info and/or where to send donations, please contact EVENT CHAIRMEN, JAY SCHRAMM (419) 382-6602 or (419) 356-8590.

Information is also available at the following web sites:

http://www.sylvaniaseniorsoftball.com/woundedwarriors.html

or sylvaniaseniorsoftball.com

Thanking everyone in advance for their interest and financial help to this great cause.

Ho



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