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Packers salute combat-disabled and wounded veterans for Operation Fan Mail

WPS Operation Fan Mail


GREEN BAY, Wis.-Sept. 20, 2015

The Green Bay Packers and Arise Health Plan paid special tribute to seven combat-disabled and wounded veterans during Sunday’s Packers-Seahawks game for Operation Fan Mail.

and Arise Health Plan paid special tribute to seven combat-disabled and wounded veterans during Sunday’s Packers-Seahawks game for Operation Fan Mail.

The veterans, all of whom served in the U.S. Marine Corps, are:

  • 1st Sgt. Timothy La Sage from Johnson Creek, Wis. (He is Manager of Physical Security and Military Affairs at WPS Health Solutions.)
  • Cpl. Bruce Brandon from Kenosha, Wis.
  • Sgt. Ryan Baudhuin from Door County, Wis.
  • 1st Lt. Dera Marcel from Port au Prince, Haiti
  • Sgt. Michael Gillitzer from Waterloo, Wis.
  • Cpl. Craig Goldsmith from Madison, Wis.
  • Gunnery Sgt. John Matter from Lisbon, Wis.

Between them, the veterans served for a total of more than 60 years of combined military service. Their collective service includes deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq and the western Pacific.

Many members of the group served together, and currently work closely with veterans organizations.

As highly decorated veterans, their awards include numerous meritorious service medals, ribbons, bronze stars and Purple Hearts.

Operation Fan Mail, which debuted in 2007, is designed to recognize families with a member who is on active duty. The Packers and Arise Health Plan will host a family at each 2015 home game and recognize them on the field during pregame activities. A total of 78 individuals or families have been recognized through the program thus far.

To choose families, the Packers and Arise Health Plan are asking interested families, or friends of eligible families, to submit an essay, 500 words or less, on why a particular fan should be saluted. Essays can be sent to: Operation Fan Mail, P.O. Box 10628, Green Bay, WI, 54307-0628. Essays also can be submitted to the Packers online at http://nfl.packers.com/gameday/gameday_promotions/operation_fan_mail/.
In addition to being recognized on-field prior to the game, selected families receive four tickets to the game and a care package from Arise Health Plan.

Families intended for recognition are those that have a member serving on active duty. The family member can be a spouse, mother, father, son, daughter or sibling. Purple Heart recipients are also eligible for recognition, even if they cannot return to active service status.

Operation Fan Mail honorees Standing on the field for the Operation Fan Mail presentation are seven combat-disabled and wounded veterans who were special guests of Arise Health Plan. (Photo by Katie Hermsen/Green Bay Packers)

About Arise Health Plan
Arise Health Plan, which is part of the family of brands of WPS Health Solutions, offers comprehensive and affordable health plan options and personalized service to businesses and individuals. For more information about Arise Health Plan, visit www.wecareforwisconsin.com.