On July 5th, 2021, the Miami Marlins celebrated the post-pandemic restoration of open seating at loanDepot Park by paying tribute to America’s veterans.
More than 250 Miami-area veterans and their families enjoyed the Marlins vs. Dodgers game from the suites of loanDepot park and ballpark’s unique AutoNation Alley. Special presentations were made throughout the game saluting America’s heroes and raising awareness for the upcoming War Heroes on Water Tournament.
War Heroes on Water is a joint effort between Freedom Alliance and the event’s founder, Anthony Hsieh, the CEO of loanDepot, one of the nation’s leading mortgage providers. Anthony is a gifted entrepreneur and a strong supporter of our troops. Anthony’s passion for deep sea sportfishing led him to create the War Heroes on Water tournament, which is helping hundreds of combat veterans.
During War Heroes on Water, combat-wounded heroes spend time on the ocean with skilled mariners who care deeply for the veteran community. There is fishing, fun, and meaningful conversation that helps our troops confront the painful memories which prevent them from achieving a more complete rehabilitation.
Mike Nares, a Program Officer at Freedom Alliance, threw out the ceremonial first pitch on July 5th alongside Anthony Hsieh. A retired Army Staff Sergeant, Mike served two combat tours in Iraq and a third in Afghanistan where he was injured. Mike was awarded two Purple Hearts and two Bronze stars with valor; he is an American hero.
Before coming to work at Freedom Alliance, Mike participated in Freedom Alliance’s programs including War Heroes on Water. Now, he helps run the event. If you would like to make a donation to support the War Heroes on Water event, click here.