Veteran gets experience of a lifetime with favorite baseball team

Veteran gets experience of a lifetime with favorite baseball team
The veterans were treated to batting practice in the batting cages and got to meet with some current and retired Braves players. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
The veterans were treated to batting practice in the batting cages and got to meet with some current and retired Braves players. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

ATLANTA, GA. (WSFA) - As Memorial Day approaches Monday, some veterans were treated to a pretty cool event Thursday. They were treated to a tour and more at Sun Trust Park, the home of the Atlanta Braves.

The soldiers were a part of the Wounded Warriors Program called the 2018 Warrior Classic. One retired Air Force veteran from Pike Road called Thursday one of the best things ever.

"This is one of the best activities I've ever had. To be a part of the wounded warriors program out of Montgomery, Alabama. I've always been an Atlanta Braves fan my whole life. I've never been that close to it – especially being on the field," said Jeffrey Kimball, Ret. U.S. Air Force. "It's extraordinary. Sometimes words don't come to mind because I don't know which word to choose."

The veterans were treated to batting practice in the batting cages and got to meet with some current and retired Braves players.

"I like to give back. The wounded warriors did so much for us," said former Atlanta Braves pitcher Charlie Leibrandt. "I enjoy talking to some of the people and hearing their stories, and just being here for them."

For Kimball, a 24-year veteran of the Air Force, being around his fellow veterans brings up fond emotions.

"It just gives me a great feeling. It's just family away from family," Kimball said.

Leibrandt said many of the veterans didn't have many questions, but just wanted to talk and take pictures, which he said he was more than happy to do. Kimball said his main goal was to hit a ball to the outfield during batting practice.

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