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Wounded veterans honored at Rangers Ballpark on anniversary of 9-11

A night of stars and stripes at Rangers Ballpark as the nation remembers 9/11.

It was also a night to honor our men and women in uniform.

"It's an amazing thrill my family and I are both Texas Rangers fans -- die-hard Texas Rangers", says U.S. Army Calvary Scout Tim Seckel.

"What an amazing honor to not only be here at my favorite stadium but I get to watch my favorite team", said U.S. Army National Guardsman Tracey Reep.

For eight veterans, there was a special recognition.

They are all wounded warriors. They were injured in combat after 9/11 in either in Iraq or Afghanistan.  

"May 28th, 2011 I was hit by a roadside bomb and I was actually in the vehicle. I was fortunate", said U.S. Marine Rodney Lewallen. 

Tuesday night’s game was part fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project which helps these vets with the physical and emotional scars once they return home.

We told you about Army Sergeant Joe Washam last May. He was severely burned in Iraq while standing guard outside an enemy building thought to contain chemical weapons.

The building exploded engulfing him in flames.

"I've been doing excellent. I'm really excited to be here today", Washam said.

He had the privilege of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch and he was on the money!

"The mound out here is higher than the mound I threw from this morning so I was a little worried about that. But I kind of zeroed in and spaced everything out. Anyone has to when you do that stuff”, Washam said.

The Wounded Warrior Project serves more than 20,000 vets hurt in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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