GREEN BAY, Wis.-Oct. 10, 2016
The Green Bay Packers and WPS Health Solutions paid special tribute to six combat-disabled and wounded veterans during Sunday’s Packers-Giants game for Operation Fan Mail.
The veterans, all of whom served in the U.S. Marine Corps or U.S. Army, are:
Between them, the veterans served for a total of more than 48 years of 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.
Highly decorated veterans, the group’s awards include numerous Meritorious Service Medals, ribbons, Purple Hearts, Commendation Medals with Valor in combat, and multiple Combat Action Ribbons per person.
Operation Fan Mail, which debuted in 2007, is designed to recognize families with a member who is on active duty. The Packers and WPS Health Solutions will host a family at each 2016 home game and recognize them on the field during pregame activities. A total of 92 individuals or families have been recognized through the program thus far.
To choose families, the Packers and WPS Health Solutions 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 or submitted online at 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. 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.
Standing on the field for the Operation Fan Mail ceremony are, left to right: Jeremy Stengel, Jason Johns, Gregory Haak, Kevin Hanrahan, Andrew Diaz, Tim La Sage of WPS, and Scott Kruchten. (La Sage, who helped organize the recognition, was among those honored by Operation Fan Mail in 2015. He is a Marine Corps veteran and recipient of two Purple Hearts.) (Photo by Katie Hermsen/Green Bay Packers)
About WPS Health Solutions
WPS Health Solutions is a nationally regarded government contractor and Wisconsin’s leading not-for-profit health insurer. The WPS Health Insurance division offers affordable health plans. The WPS Government Health Administrators division administers Part A and B Medicare benefits for millions of seniors in multiple states, and the WPS Military and Veterans Health division serves millions more members who are active in the U.S. military, veterans and their families. In 2016, the international Ethisphere® Institute named WPS one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® for the seventh straight year. For more information, please visit www.wpsic.com.