Steelers donate $75,000 during Veterans Day activities

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In honoring our Veterans, the Pittsburgh Steelers Salute To Service game last Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers included a number of salutes to the military veterans who have served our country.

Those events on Thursday night included a parachute jump into Heinz Field by the Army Golden Knights, the recognition of three Steelers alumni veterans John Banaszak, Andy Russell and Vietnam veteran Rocky Bleier, as well as the recognition of two Medal of Honor recipients – Vietnam veteran Joe Marm and World War II veteran of the Battle of Iwo Jima, Hershel “Woody” Williams.

In honor of Veterans Day, this year the Steelers announced donations to a number of military charities totaling $75,000.

The military charities receiving donations include: the Woody Williams Medal of Honor Fund, Guardian Angels Service Dogs, Veterans Place, Operation Troop Appreciation, Semper Fi Fund, Rolling Thunder, Fischer House, PA Wounded Warriors, Team Red, White and Blue, Mission Continues, and Blue Star Mothers.

Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle from last Thursday’s game against the Carolina Panthers are included in the donation to help military charities.

The Steelers are also donating $20,000 to Wreaths Across America, which will ensure veterans buried at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies (Bridgeville, Pa.) will receive a wreath as part of the WAA’s National Wreaths Across America Day on December 15, 2018.

In addition, the NFL is donating the proceeds of this year’s Salute to Service merchandise to its core military nonprofit partners – the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF), the Pat Tillman Foundation, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the USO, and Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) – to fund programs and provide resources that improve the lives of service members, veterans and their families.