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Brandon Nontelle Named as Brewers “Tribute for Heroes” Winner

Today, MLB and PEOPLE magazine announced the 30 winners of the “Tribute for Heroes” campaign, a national initiative that recognizes veterans and military service members and which builds upon both organizations’ commitment to honoring our country’s heroes. Brandon Nontelle has been selected by fans to represent the Milwaukee Brewers.

Brandon Nontelle

Nontelle, a native of Altus, Oklahoma, has served as a combat airlift crew member with the United States Air Force. He has participated in dangerous operations all over the world, including a search and rescue effort in Antarctica. During many Afghan missions, his crew flew treacherously close to the ground to drop supplies to bases throughout the country. Nontelle has been awarded six Air Medals for combat missions, an Aerial Achievement Medal, and a Humanitarian Medal, among many other awards.  He is a program director for ASPIRE, an after-school study program for at-risk kids in Altus, Oklahoma.  In addition, he helped organize a Habitat for Humanity event and participates in numerous food drives.

Nontelle will join one winner representing each of the 30 MLB Clubs to be included in All-Star Week festivities, including a private tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, a VIP reception on the Intrepid, the All-Star Red Carpet Show Presented by Chevrolet, and the Chevrolet Home Run DerbyThe winners also will attend and be honored during the pre-game ceremony leading up to the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field July 16th on FOX beginning at 6:30pm CT.

Fans nationwide cast their votes at TributeForHeroes.com to select 30 winners from a pool of 90 finalists. [To view the three Brewers finalists, click here.]

Along with MLB and PEOPLE, a guest panel including General Peter W. Chiarelli (retired) and General John M. “Jack” Keane (retired), alongside MLB players Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers, Nick Swisher of the Cleveland Indians, Barry Zito of the San Francisco Giants, Jonny Gomes of the Boston Red Sox, Brad Ziegler of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres and Craig Stammen of the Washington Nationals assisted in the selection process for the 90 finalists, who were then voted on by fans to select the 30 winners.

The “Tribute For Heroes” campaign supports Welcome Back Veterans (welcomebackveterans.org, powered by MLB.com), an initiative of Major League Baseball and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, which addresses the needs of veterans after they return from service.  Major League Baseball has committed more than $23 million for grants to hospitals and clinics that provide post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment to veterans and their families in a public/private partnership with “Centers of Excellence” at university hospitals throughout the country.

As part of its 2013 charity initiative, PEOPLE First: Help America’s Veterans, ‘PEOPLE’  is partnering with Welcome Back Veterans and three other nonprofit organizations that are committed to providing assistance to military men and women, and will feature them in multiple editorial stories in ‘PEOPLE’ throughout 2013.

Currently, Welcome Back Veterans funds programs at The University of Michigan, Rush University Medical Center, Duke University, Emory University,  Weill Cornell in New York City, UCLA and the Boston Red Sox’ Home Base Program at Mass General Hospital in Boston. These institutions are developing new programs and strategies to improve the quality, quantity and access to PTSD and TBI treatment for veterans, particularly those returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Congratulations, Brandon! We hope you have a great time in New York–you will represent us well!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

About PEOPLE magazine

PEOPLE revolutionized personality journalism in 1974 and is today the world’s most successful and popular magazine. Each week, the PEOPLE brand brings more than 53 million consumers the latest news, exclusive interviews and in-depth reporting on the most compelling people of our time.  In addition to unparalleled access to the entertainment community, the stories of real-life “Heroes Among Us” remain an essential component of PEOPLE’s editorial approach.  PEOPLE.com is the premier web destination for celebrity news, photos, style and entertainment coverage. With reporters across the globe, PEOPLE is headquartered in New York City.  For more information visit www.people.com.

About the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 16th in New York City and will feature the best of the American League taking on the top players of the National League. Building up to the excitement of the All-Star Game, Major League Baseball will conduct a wide variety of special events and charitable activities for fans both inside and outside of Citi Field. At the ballpark, the events will include Taco Bell All-Star Sunday on July 14th featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, and Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on Monday, July 15th featuring the Chevrolet Home Run Derby on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio. Outside of the ballpark, fans will have an opportunity to experience All-Star Week through a variety of special events including T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, the five-day interactive fan festival; the MLB All-Star 5K & Fun Run benefiting Sandy Relief presented by Nike, a charity run/walk on a baseball-themed route to benefit Robin Hood Relief Fund and Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City; and the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet, a free procession of All-Stars through the streets of Manhattan. The Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally on FOX, broadcast on ESPN Radio and will be shown around the world by Major League Baseball International. For more information about 2013 All-Star Summer, visit AllStarGame.com.

Brewers “Tribute for Heroes” Finalists Announced

Today, Major League Baseball and PEOPLE magazine announced the 90 finalists (three per team) for the “Tribute for Heroes” campaign, a national initiative that recognizes veterans and military service members and builds upon MLB and PEOPLE magazine’s commitment to honoring our country’s heroes. The three finalists for the Milwaukee Brewers include Dan Buttery, Brandon Nontelle and Noel Reeson.

Fans are encouraged to visit TributeForHeroes.com to vote on their favorite stories now through June 30 and one winner from each of the 30 MLB Clubs will be included in All-Star Week festivities and recognized during the pre-game ceremony leading up to the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field on July 16th on FOX. A “Tribute for Heroes” winner will be featured in the July 22nd issue of PEOPLE which hits newsstands Friday, July 12, the week of the MLB All-Star Game.

Fans voting for a Brewers representative will have a very tough decision to make as all three candidates are extremely worthy of this recognition. Read on.

Dan ButteryDan Buttery, a native of Milwaukee, served in the United States Army. He commanded a combat engineer company that conducted 300 successful missions in Iraq from May 2003 to April 2004. The injuries he sustained in the line of duty there eventually ended his military services. Today, Buttery’s personal mission is supporting veterans and their families. In addition to working full-time, he is President of the Board at Fisher House Wisconsin. The Fisher House Foundation provides free housing for military and veteran family members whose loved ones are receiving medical treatment. Buttery devotes himself to bringing the first Fisher House to Wisconsin, the construction of which is slated for fall 2013.

Brandon NontelleBrandon Nontelle, a native of Altus, Oklahoma, has served as a combat airlift crew member with the United States Air Force. He has participated in dangerous operations all over the world, including a search and rescue effort in Antarctica. During many Afghan missions, his crew flew treacherously close to the ground to drop supplies to bases throughout the country. Nontelle has been awarded six Air Medals for combat missions, an Aerial Achievement Medal, and a Humanitarian Medal, among many other awards. He is a program director for ASPIRE, an after-school study program for at-risk kids in Altus, Oklahoma. In addition, he helped organize a Habitat for Humanity event and participates in numerous food drives.

Noel ReesonNoel Reeson, who is from Hortonville, Wisconsin, is a member of the U.S. Army. She spent a four-year enlistment in the Navy on the USS Bataan. While at sea, her older brother died. She had previously lost her older sister and was offered a hardship discharge, which she declined. Feeling she could do more, Reeson enlisted in the Army to serve in Iraq with the 1st Cavalry and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. She incurred a deployment-related injury and went on to use her benefits to return to school, where she earned her degree as an agriculture equipment technician. She is a member of the VFW and American Legion.

Along with MLB and PEOPLE, a guest panel including General Peter W. Chiarelli (retired) and General John M. “Jack” Keane (retired) alongside MLB players Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers, Nick Swisher of the Cleveland Indians, Barry Zito of the San Francisco Giants, Jonny Gomes of the Boston Red Sox, Brad Ziegler of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres and Craig Stammen of the Washington Nationals assisted in the selection process for the 90 finalists.

The “Tribute For Heroes” campaign supports Welcome Back Veterans ,an initiative of Major League Baseball and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, which addresses the needs of veterans after they return from service. Major League Baseball has committed more than $23 million for grants to hospitals and clinics that provide post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment to veterans and their families in a public/private partnership with “Centers of Excellence” at university hospitals throughout the country.

As part of its 2013 charity initiative, “PEOPLE First: Help America’s Veterans,” PEOPLE is partnering with Welcome Back Veterans and three other nonprofit organizations that are committed to providing assistance to military men and women, and will feature them in multiple editorial stories in ‘PEOPLE’ throughout 2013.

Currently, Welcome Back Veterans funds programs at The University of Michigan, Rush University Medical Center, Duke University, Emory University, Weill Cornell in New York City, UCLA and the Boston Red Sox’ Home Base Program at Mass General Hospital in Boston. These institutions are developing new programs and strategies to improve the quality, quantity and access to PTSD and TBI treatment for veterans, particularly those returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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