Houston Astros star Justin Verlander shows love to veterans' families in Detroit

Pitcher started giving back to families while he was a player for the Tigers

By Amanda Cochran - Social Media Producer
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Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros smiles in the dugout after finishing the sixth inning against the Seattle Mariners only giving up only one run at Safeco Field on September 5, 2017 in Seattle, Washington.

HOUSTON - Houston Astros star pitcher Justin Verlander hasn’t forgotten the veterans families in Detroit he started helping years ago when he was a player in that city. 

"Although Justin is no longer a Tiger, his heart is still here in Detroit and he wants to be able to continue what he started when he was a Tiger," Sherrie Handrinos, with Verlander's foundation, Wins for Warriors, told WDIV.

Verlander’s foundation put on an event called 1000 Christmas Salutes. Families were able to come to The War Memorial and enjoy a meal, watch a movie in the downstairs movie theater and get a chance to see Santa Claus, who arrives in an unforgettable fashion: via helicopter.

"Somebody at that high level of his profession and has so many other things going on in his life, to look out for other people who might not be able to do stuff like this, to have opportunities like this, it is cool," U.S. Army veteran, James Bucy told WDIV. 

Verlander started the same event for veteran families in Houston.


 

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