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CVS, Red Sox team up to give vets batting practice at Fenway
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VETERANS AND FENWAY: Boston Red Sox Assistant Hitting Coach Victor Rodriguez takes a moment to pose with U.S. Marine Corps veteran Jason Januskiewiczy of Warwick and his sister Tanya Montoya of Warwick at Fenway Park during a special CVS Caremark Baseball Camp held July 2 at the park. Januskiewiczy was one of 16 veterans of all abilities from across New England who participated in the camp – put on by CVS Caremark and the Boston Red Sox as a tribute to the veterans for their service to the United States and in honor of Independence Day.

To honor our nation’s heroes and recognize them for their service to our country, CVS Caremark and the Boston Red Sox teamed up to provide veterans of all abilities from across New England on July 2 with a once-in-a-lifetime experience – a batting practice and baseball skills camp at America’s most beloved ballpark, Fenway Park.

Through the CVS Caremark Baseball Camp, the veterans found themselves in a league of their own – receiving tips from the Boston Red Sox Hitting Staff Tim Hyers and Victor Rodriguez, taking swings at the Green Monster and enjoying lunch in the Red Sox dugout. The veterans were also provided exclusive access to the historic ballpark during a VIP tour, and received tickets to the evening’s game against the Chicago Cubs, courtesy of CVS Caremark, in the CVS/pharmacy Family seating section. The camp was hosted by CVS Caremark as an extension of the company’s commitment to our nation’s military heroes and individuals of all abilities.

The veterans who participated in the special day at Fenway Park were invited by CVS Caremark through the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) New England Adaptive Sports Program. The program operates through the VA Boston Healthcare System.

“It is an honor to bring these proud servicemen and women to Fenway Park for a special baseball camp experience, especially as we get ready to celebrate the 4th of July,” said Eileen Howard Boone, senior vice president of corporate social responsibility and philanthropy for CVS Caremark. “This is CVS Caremark’s fourth season of partnering with the Red Sox on this initiative and, each year, we find ourselves humbled and inspired by the veterans who participate.”

“We are so grateful to CVS Caremark for making this initiative possible for the fourth year in a row,” said Jenny McLaughlin, adaptive sports case manager of the VA Boston Healthcare System. “Our veterans look forward to this event each year and love the opportunity to spend some time together, get expert baseball advice and spend a day on the field at Fenway Park.”

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