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Steelers Stars Hail Their Own Heroes

It might not be the Super Bowl or even Monday Night Football, but for these returning service members, the biggest game of the year was on Tuesday, Sept. 20.
Pittsburgh - Fifteen Pittsburgh-area Veterans joined their peers for Heroes at Heinz Field, an evening of football and friendship at the home of the six-time Super Bowl winning Pittsburgh Steelers.

All 75 Veterans from VA Healthcare-VISN 4 in attendance recently returned from combat in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan or Operations Iraqi Freedom or New Dawn in Iraq (OEF/OIF/OND).

For a service member who has recently returned home, life can be full of challenges. The wounds of war, both visible and invisible, can be challenging. The Heroes at Heinz Field event gives these brave men and women a respite from these challenges - a chance to relax and have fun, receive well-deserved honor and recognition, and for some, fulfill lifelong dreams.

Few Steelers fans have had the opportunity to walk on the grass that Heinz Field is famous for, attempt to kick a field goal through those uprights, or race strong safety Troy Polamalu to catch a pass.

For Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham, Heroes at Heinz Field is "a privilege to get the chance to thank a small group of those that protect our country in even a small way."

"It was awesome because it showed us that we are heroes to our heroes," said Army Veteran Dave Fagan, who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

For the Pittsburgh Steelers, their biggest cheerleaders might be those who carried their Terrible Towel into combat across the world. But for these OEF/OIF/OND Veterans, their biggest cheerleaders are the men who take the field in front of millions each week and know that they owe their freedom to our Nation's brave heroes.


 

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