The Seattle Mariners are joining with the National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide for Veterans Appreciation Day at Safeco Field on Monday, May 27, when the Mariners take on the San Diego Padres. Game time is 1:10pm.
Discount tickets for the game are available to all active duty veterans, past duty veterans, retired military and their families. View Reserved tickets are $18, and Field Level seats are $35. Seven dollars of the purchase price of View tickets, and $10 from each Main Level ticket sold through the special offer will benefit the National Alliance to End Veteran Suicide, a program of the Veterans Family Fund. The special offer is available only online at mariners.com/veterans. Deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, May 24, at 5pm.
The Veterans Family Fund helps veterans and their families with the challenges of long deployments and military service. The Alliance to End Veteran Suicide engages in research, education, resource provision, and community collaborations to actively address the alarming rate of suicide among U.S. military veterans. Recently released statistics show that suicides among active duty military hit a record high in 2012, and according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the rate is even higher among military veterans, an estimated 22 each day.
The Alliance will host a Veterans Resource Fair with information about resources and opportunities that are available to all veterans, current military and their families. Veterans of all eras and their families will be recognized during the game. The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Bruce Hullinger, a WWII veteran. The National Anthem will be performed by the First Corps Command Army Band from Joint Base Lewis McChord, and the U.S. Coast Guard Honor Guard will present the colors.