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Verlander honored with Clemente nomination
September 16th, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS — For the second time in three years, Justin Verlander has been selected as the Tigers’ nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award, given annually to the Major League player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.

For Verlander the nomination is a continuation of his efforts to raise awareness for veterans and their battle with medical issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder.

“I don’t do what I do for veterans because I want the notoriety, but it’s pretty cool that people take notice,” Verlander said on Tuesday. “And any time that you’re able to bring awareness to a situation that needs some help in an area like what I’m doing with PTSD, it’s always great. So I’m honored. I put a lot of heart and soul into this, and it means a lot to me.”

Verlander partnered with the Detroit Tigers Foundation three years ago to create the Victory for Veterans program, inviting selected veterans wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan to watch a Verlander start from his suite at Comerica Park.

Last summer, Verlander committed $1 million to Wins for Warriors, a program designed to provide mental health support for veterans and their families with a focus on the Detroit and Richmond/Norfolk communities. During its first grant cycle, Wins for Warriors awarded $267,000 in funding to two best-in-class organizations: Give an Hour and The Mission Continues.

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