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The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Hits the Diamond in Nashua and Manchester for NH Veterans, Service Members and Their Families

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NH Nemesis and Local Celebrities Join the Action to Play Ball for Easter Seals Veterans Count

Manchester, NH – The National Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) will travel to the Granite State this summer to play two games that will benefit Veterans Count, a program of Easter Seals New Hampshire. The first game is on Friday, July 24, 2015 at 7 pm at Historic Holman Stadium in Nashua, home of the Silver Knights, against the NH Nemesis, a Nashua-based, 60-plus softball travel team. The excitement continues on Saturday, July 25 at 12 pm at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, home of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in Manchester. The rival team will be made up of local and “imported” talent and celebrities including Manchester Police Chief David Mara, Rock 101’s Adam Furious, WMUR on-air personalities and many more.

The collaboration between the WWAST and Veterans Count will benefit local veterans in New Hampshire and the WWAST. The WWAST is comprised of young, competitive, athletic veterans and active duty soldiers who have lost limbs post-9/11, while serving their country in the military/war. The team includes individuals with a variety of amputations. They travel the country playing abled-bodied teams in competitive, celebrity and exhibition softball games, bringing their special brand of softball, courage and inspiration.

This weekend-long, patriotic effort will directly impact the lives of NH service members of all eras and their families. Since 2007, over $2M in donations to Veterans Count has provided more than 8,000 individuals with services including suicide prevention, employment, homelessness, substance abuse treatment, transportation, and mental health issues resulting from post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury. Additionally, Veterans Count provides financial assistance for food, home maintenance, utilities, housing, rent, fuel assistance, vehicle repair, child care, gasoline, and medical bills.

“The WWAST represents some of our nation’s bravest and most determined heroes, soldiers and veterans and we could not be more proud to partner with them in this effort,” said Easter Seals NH President & CEO Larry Gammon. “These young athletes have sustained severe injuries resulting in amputation while serving in the military/war, and through extensive rehabilitation, they have become competitive athletes again. Their armor now includes prosthetic legs and arms, along with extreme perseverance and attitude.”

Admission for each game is $10 per person. Tickets for the July 24th contest are available at www.nashuasilverknights.com, and by visiting or calling the box office of Historic Holman Stadium at 603.718.8883. Tickets for July 25 are available at www.nhfishercats.com, and by visiting or calling the box office of Northeast Delta Dental Stadium at 603.641.2005

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors: City of Nashua, New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics, and The Silver Knights. Additional Corporate Sponsorships are available at a variety of levels. For more information, please contact WWAST-NH Committee Member Norm Harrison at 603.321.0461 or norm.harrison@yahoo.com.

About The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team
WWAST is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization whose mission is to raise awareness, educate, and inspire the public about the strength and resiliency of our wounded warriors. Carrying the motto ‘Life without a limb is limitless,’ the Team is comprised of veterans and active-duty servicemen who have lost limbs while serving our country in the global war on terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan. These soldiers and athletes now travel the country playing abled-bodied teams in competitive, celebrity, and exhibition softball games, bringing their special brand of softball, courage, and inspiration. Additional information can be found at www.woundedwarrioramputeesoftballteam.org.

About Easter Seals New Hampshire
For more than 75 years, Easter Seals NH has provided exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. Easter Seals services include autism services, inclusive child care and early intervention, special education, medical rehabilitation, camping and recreation, vocational services, senior services, substance abuse services, adult day programs, community based services, individual service options, transportation services, residential service options, dental services and veteran services. As a leader in health care services for individuals with disabilities and special needs, ESNH employs more than 1,400 individuals who serve more than 11,000 children, adults and seniors in over 90 programs throughout the state. To learn more about Easter Seals NH, visit www.easterseals.com/nh and www.vetscount.org.

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