Operation Welcome Home organizes fourth annual Pirates game trip

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) — Dozens of veterans loaded buses, Tuesday evening, to head to the Steel City to take in the Pittsburgh Pirates game.

It's all free for the 150 veterans who come from the general Morgantown, Clarksburg and Wheeling areas. Operation Welcome Home organizes this event and the Elks provide the transportation.

Operation Welcome Home's mission is to provide job readiness training and jobs for veterans but it also wants veterans to know the importance of work life balance.

"We want the veterans to not only know that work is important because you got to provide for your family but it's also important to spend that quality time with your family as well and just have a good time and what better way to do that than go to a baseball game," said Brett Simpson, CEO of Operation Welcome Home.

Veterans and their family members were grateful for the experience and excited to head to the game.

"I love supporting Operation Welcome Home all the time. Every year they do this type of event to support local veterans anything I can do to do that and I appreciate everything they do for us in the community," said Paul Smith, a veteran of the US Air Force.

"This one's a baseball fanatic and I, they've never seen a professional baseball game and actually I've never been to Pittsburgh and so, we're excited," said Army veteran Larry Michael.

"I'm excited because it's my first major league game!," said Chance Bramer.

"I wanna get a home ball! I want to get an out ball," said Chad Michael.

We don't know if he got that ball but it was a good night for Pirates fans! The team won 7 - 0.