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Jonathan Lucroy Attends State of the Union Address

Last night, Jonathan Lucroy attended President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address to Congress as the guest of Sen. Ron Johnson.

Lucroy was being honored for his charitable efforts, among them many associated with military veterans, most notably Fisher House Wisconsin, which services families of veterans receiving care at Milwaukee’s Zablocki VA Medical Center. In November, Lucroy traveled with veterans on an Honor Flight to visit the World War II and Korean War memorials in Washington, and he has also provided scholarships to military families.

The senator remarked: “Mr. Lucroy, the All-Star catcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, has become a hero to Wisconsin sports fans with his excellent performance on the field. But to me, he is an even bigger hero off the field: He is using his baseball fame to highlight some great Wisconsin charities.”

“It’s not about political affiliation,” Lucroy told Brewers.com’s Adam McCalvy. “But am I interested in politics? Yes, and this is a thing that not a lot of people get to experience, so why not go and experience it? I’m going to be able to go tour some stuff that people don’t get to tour, and see some things most people don’t get to see. I love history, so why not go and do it and get to tell my kids about it?”

MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince also caught up with Lucroy today. Click here for that story.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Jonathan Lucroy to Join Senator Johnson at State of the Union Address

This morning, Sen. Ron Johnson announced  that Jonathan Lucroy will be his guest when the president offers his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

The senator remarked: “Mr. Lucroy, the All-Star catcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, has become a hero to Wisconsin sports fans with his excellent performance on the field. But to me, he is an even bigger hero off the field: He is using his baseball fame to highlight some great Wisconsin charities.”

Among them:

  • He supports initiatives to support the finest among us, the Americans who have served in the armed forces, by supporting Fisher House Wisconsin, planned as a “home away from home” for the families of veterans receiving care at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.
  • He invites wounded heroes to Brewers games and meets with them, and he visits veterans hospitals in Wisconsin, in St. Louis, in Washington and on road trips.
  • He regularly visits patients at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
  • He traveled with veterans in November on an Honor Flight to visit the World War II and Korean War memorials in Washington.
  • He has provided $5,000 scholarships to military families.
  • Donated $10,000 to Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa.
  • He has served as a spokesman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Muscle Walk and the Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity. He has recorded public service announcements for the Brewers Community Foundation’s 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run Walk on behalf of the Fisher House.
  • He works with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and with the Miracle League of Milwaukee, which provides opportunities for all children to play organized baseball, regardless of ability.

Jonathan said, I am honored that Senator Johnson has asked me to be his guest at the State of the Union. We both share a passion for veterans and serving those who serve us, and I am looking forward to the privilege of being in our nation’s Capital for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

Sen. Johnson said, “The president inspired millions when he spoke of Americans of differing opinions coming together for the common good. Nearly two centuries ago, Alexis de Tocqueville was astonished at the way Americans came together voluntarily to solve problems left to the state or aristocrats in other countries. Mr. Lucroy’s charitable service illustrates these ideals by shining a light on the good work Wisconsinites are doing for their communities. It is an honor to in turn honor Mr. Lucroy.”

Fisher House Wisconsin Groundbreaking Event a Success

Today, the Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation participated in the groundbreaking of Fisher House Wisconsin at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. The ceremony took place in front of a standing room crowd of over 400 people.

Included in the dignitaries were Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers television play-by-play announcer Bill Schroeder, Executive Director, Brewers Community Foundation Cecelia Gore, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (4th Congressional District, Wisconsin).

The afternoon ceremony began with the Pledge of Allegiance which was led by Medal of Honor Recipient Gary Wetzel.  A South Milwaukee native, Wetzel was awarded a Medal of Honor for actions he performed in the Vietnam War. It was an honor to be in the presence of someone so brave and the respect he was given all afternoon was incredible and well-deserved.

Gore, Walker and Moore all spoke at the event to talk about the importance of the Fisher House to Milwaukee and Wisconsin. Also on hand to speak today was Dan Buttery who spearheaded fundraising efforts to get Fisher House built here, and, Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation. Fisher, an avid baseball fan, admitted to being a bit nervous as he will be throwing out the first pitch tonight at Miller Park.

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The Fisher House program is a unique, private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, as well as the hardships of military service, by offering shelter and support during a medical crisis. Located on the grounds of VA hospitals and other military medical centers, Fisher House facilities give a comforting “home away from home” while a loved one is receiving care in an unfamiliar environment.

Fisher House provides an option for military and veterans’ families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.  Nationwide, Fisher House served over 22,000 families last year at its 64 houses.

Currently, 8,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are utilizing the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center for treatment of their wounds and injuries. Without Fisher House, they must arrange overnight accommodations at area hotels or with friends and family during their course of treatment.

The need is so great that the future Milwaukee home will be one of the largest built in the United States of America, allowing veterans and their families living beyond 50 miles from the Milwaukee VA hospital to stay overnight at no cost. Fisher House Wisconsin is scheduled to open in the Summer of 2015.

Fisher House Wisconsin will be over 13,000 square feet inside with 16 bedroom suites capable of accommodating up to eight people per suite. The warm and comfortable interior of the suites will be professionally decorated and beautifully furnished. Functionally, guests and their families will have access to well stocked kitchens and inviting living rooms, complete with a library and toys for children. Highly trained staff and caring volunteers are available to help all Fisher House guests.

For more information on Fisher House, please visit FisherHouse.org.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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